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Vigilante photo blog brings Insta-frauds to justice

Filter Fakers finds Instagram users who have misused the popular #nofilter hashtag.

If you thought Instagram was an unregulated hashtagging free-for-all, think again. There is now a blog devoted to calling out Insta-fakers who misuse the popular #nofilter hashtag.

Webstagram will let you peek at a photo's Instagram filter. This photo, though tagged #nofilter, is actually using the Walden filter.

Tumblr-hosted Filter Fakers looks at Instagram photos that claim to be unfiltered, denoted by the #nofilter hashtag in the caption, and checks to see if users are telling the truth. Lying Instagrammers get spotted via the blog's automated filter detector and publicly shamed on the homepage.

If you want to call out fraudulent friends, you can submit suspicious photos for Filter Fakers to check out. Or, if you want to check out filter usage without subjecting your loved ones to the wrath of bloggers, you can always find out what filters were used via Webstagram — just look in the upper right corner for filter callouts. 

If overuse of digital filters really fires your fury there's also an app to help you strip images of their photo filters: Normalize for iOS analyzes a photo's histogram and then lets you adjust color and luminance levels back to a more accurate state. Maybe Insta-fakers looking for a little penance could use it to re-upload a more honest version of their image.

Does the emergence of the Filter Fakers blog bring to light the need for an Insta-police and maybe even an Insta-rule book?

Among the questions that we would like answered by the Insta-Supreme Court: "where is the line drawn between a #throwback and #latergram?" and "can it still be called a #selfie if someone else takes the photo?"

After the success of Filter Fakers, we are looking forward to the inevitable emergence of other vigilante blogs — maybe "#Instagood or just #instaOK?" to call out super lame photos tagged with #instagood, and how about "Are you gunna eat that?" for #food-tagged photos that look far from edible.

The vast majority of the photos on Filter Fakers are of the pre-teen selfie variety, but there are a few genuinely great compositions that have had the blog call their Insta-bluff. Let's take a look at some of our favorite Instagram photos that Filter Fakers caught red handed.

According to Filter Fakers, the Rise filter "gives your photos a nice glow and warmth by adding yellow tones." The effects of this filter can be seen in the sky's color.
C'mon, guys. My smartphone just automatically adds a fake-film border, OK?
If the sky ever looks like this without a filter, you should probably hide out in your basement for a bit while the nuclear holocaust/zombie apocalypse blows over.
The Hudson filter brings out blue tones of photos and adds a slight vignette—two characteristics that can be seen in this image.
The colors of this delicate composition were enhanced with the Amaro filter. 


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Could somebody please explain, as the article seems to completely skip over this point: why should anybody care if people put a #nofilter tag on a filtered photo?

If it were evidence in a court of law and had deliberately been manipulated/photoshopped/filtered etc. to deceive a jury then yes, it's important.

But this is just people's snapshots on a photo-sharing site - not a place where complete accountability is necessary. What does it matter if they mislabel it? Who cares?

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A badly misplaced sense of the skill that proper post processing takes?

The more interesting point should surely be that most of these photo's are aweful.

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The website authors might take a look through any Flickr B&W only or Color Only or any other "only" photo group on Flickr. They may just have a heart attack right then and there.

Gee we'd like to hire you Bill, but back in 2013 you posted a filtered pic to instagram and tagged it unfiltered. That kind of carelessness or dishonesty has no place in our company.

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seriously? #facepalm

I mean yes, it's stupid that you use a filter and you want to hide it for god knows what reason (because someone decided that's not that cool anymore and you are yet another sheep who needs to follow the shepherd?). but it's even more stupid to bother with such people and make lists of "cheaters" and what not. I mean who really cares?

but this is a good opportunity for smart people. use filters and then ad the #nofilter hashtag to all of them. this filter fakers blogs seems like a good way to gain some exposure for your pictures. I mean see? some even ended on this site.


And they said there are no jobs for young people in this economy...

bizi clop

Solution for a definitely 0th world problem.

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