Aug 21, 2023

Hany Farid Helps Debunk Dodgers Stadium Flooding Pictures

From The Seattle Times

FACT FOCUS: Is Dodger Stadium flooded? No, it was just an illusion

By Karena Phan

A viral aerial video of Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium has many social media users convinced that floodwaters submerged the ballpark over the weekend amid Tropical Storm Hilary.

“Dodger Stadium flooded in Los Angeles after Tropical Storm Hilary slams California,” reads one popular post on X, formerly known as Twitter, alongside a still from the footage appearing to show the stadium surrounded by water. “Dodger Stadium is an island,” said another...

Hany Farid, a digital forensics expert at the University of California, Berkeley, also noted that from a distant aerial view, it’s hard to tell the difference between a wet surface and one that is under several inches of water. “I don’t think the video is fake or manipulated, I just think that it does not show flooding around the Stadium,” Farid said in an email...


Hany Farid is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and the School of Information at UC Berkeley.

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Hany Farid (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the School of Information)

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August 29, 2023