Here’s a question for you

As you ought to know, I often use pictures of an MP that come from their own Facebook, MySpace, and other social media accounts. Those accounts are a great resource for photos.

But here’s my question: what do I do if all the pictures of the MP have obviously been Facetuned? Because obviously that can change the appearance of a person a lot.

10 thoughts on “Here’s a question for you

  1. marsyao March 12, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    There is something interesting in Ariana Yvette Osorio’s case “Osorio has been in contact with her family since she disappeared, but law enforcement still do not know her whereabouts and well-being.”, so it was obviously she is not missing, then why LE are still looking for her? Does that mean she was a fugitive?

    • Meaghan March 12, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      LE has to confirm for themselves that a person is okay before they can take them off the missing list. Speaking hypothetically, a person being held against their will could be forced to call home and pretend they’re okay, or a husband who killed his wife could call LE and say “she called me and said she’s fine and in Mexico, so she’s not missing, stop looking for her.”

      • marsyao March 12, 2018 / 4:11 pm

        But do LE have any evidence indicates she was kidnapped ? I may wrong but does “has been in contact with her family since she disappeared” means she had contacted her family at least several times and none of these contacts raise any alarm ?

      • Meaghan March 12, 2018 / 4:12 pm

        I have no idea what she told her family; if I did I would have noted it. I just know she’s still officially listed as missing, so I added her.

  2. terromangerro March 14, 2018 / 11:19 am

    I think the facetuned photos could be a problem if the person is removing prominent freckles or moles. If you feel the photo may have been altered, you could make a note in the summary or somewhere in the entry that the person may have identifying features that were digitally removed ie moles, acne scars, etc.

  3. Ivana March 14, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I have seen facetuned and photoshopped pictures where people went overboard and really don’t look like themselves. Like my 60ish neighbor who made herself look 30is and completely plastic to the point of eerie- a person who only know her from Facebook public view would definitely not recognize her on the street, and her “real” pictures ( from family parties) are friends only. It is a hard question to answer. maybe some “reasonable” facetuning/photoshopping is OK, extreme can definitely render MP webpage profiles and fliers useless. But how can you know if you only have “fixed” pictures?

    • Meaghan March 14, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      I was looking at the personal Facebook page of an MP I will add soon (it’s not been a year yet) and all the photos on her account seem to be retouched. Her skin has no marks, no pores, nothing. Smooth as glass. No one’s skin is like that in real life.

      • Ivana March 14, 2018 / 4:38 pm

        Exactly. Or people make their faces narrower to look slimmer, or even change their eye color and complexion(where I live it is quite common to “lighten” the skin and eyecolor). Then, the other thing comes to mind …many 40+ people put as the profile picture a picture that is very old, so they look better. And if you collect that picture, you would not know that it isn’t Jane circa 2016 but Jane circa 1996. Very interesting and difficult to answer question: How to select useful Facebook pictures for MP pages?

  4. Lexi March 15, 2018 / 3:58 am

    Snapchat and other filters can also drastically alter appearance. Also, in my experience, people put the Most flattering pics of themselves on social media. Where they look the fittest and youngest. In my opinion, recent, tagged photos are provably the closest to real life. Unfiltered, unflattered.

    • Meaghan March 15, 2018 / 9:30 am

      Quite true. See my post from a few weeks ago about the value of mug shots. Fortunately I can usually find driver’s license pics as those tend to be the first ones the cops release; those are usually not particularly flattering.

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