An image posted on a social networking site that gets shared and reposted by many people.
Viral images are many times paired with a falsely attributed quote, or with a story that falls into urban legend status and is completely untrue; or at the very least, retold with a total lack of supporting facts or legitimate references.
Despite this lack of proof and facts, people repost the image over and over and many take it at face value and believe it to be the honest truth, never bothering to do a 30 second internet search that would reveal its message to be completely untrue.

Viral images are often used as propaganda with a clear bias towards once side of a cause or viewpoint (mostly political in nature).

Still, some are just a funny picture with a silly caption.
"Did you see that Viral Image of the puppy that got tattooed by that guy?" (In reality, a man who is a tattoo artist drew on his puppy's belly with a marker)
by nachtzeher March 27, 2013
An image posted on a social networking site that gets shared and reposted by many people.

Viral images are many times paired with a falsely attributed quote, or with a story that falls into urban legend status and is completely untrue; or at the very least, retold with a total lack of supporting facts or legitimate references.

Despite this lack of proof and facts, people repost the image over and over and many take it at face value and believe it to be the honest truth, never bothering to do a 30 second internet search that would reveal its message to be completely untrue.
Viral images are often used as propaganda with a clear bias towards one side of a cause or viewpoint (mostly political in nature).

Still, some are just a funny picture with a silly caption.

"Did you see that Viral Image of the puppy that got tattooed by that guy?" (In reality, a man who is a tattoo artist drew on his puppy's belly with a marker)
by Propaganda March 27, 2013

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