The post has racked up more than 6 million views in the past four months – but is the story true?
Woman is child’s great-grandmother
There are a number of ways to track down the origin of an image shared online. One way is to do a Google reverse image search. This involves uploading the image to Google Image or, on some devices, right-clicking the image and selecting “search Google for image”. This will return a number of webpages where the image has been posted.
Using this method, Africa Check was able to determine that the photo was taken in the American city of Phenix, Alabama, on 17 March 2015.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the photo shows Rosa Camfield, 101, cradling her newborn great-granddaughter. Camfield died just weeks later, on 30 March. She became a “social media sensation”, the paper says, when the photo was shared online.
Read our guide for more tips on how to verify images online. – Africa Check
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