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trustworthiness

TCQ covers BOTH kinds of “trustworthiness,” both “real” (intrinsic) and “perceived.”

1. “Real” (intrinsic) trustworthiness
- “Does the photograph deserve viewers’ trust?”

The Trust Checklist ensures that every TCQ-qualified photograph is not unworthy of viewers’ trust.

That’s why photographs that are “deceptive” are disqualified even if they’re not “doctored” (see #515).

2. “Perceived” trustworthiness - “How likely are viewers to trust the photograph?”

The Trust Checklist optimizes the likelihood that viewers will trust TCQ-qualified photographs.

That’s why photographs that are “doctored” are disqualified even if they’re not “deceptive” (see #516)

Trustworthiness, like trust, is a relative term, not an absolute one.

For most photographs and most people, there are degrees of trustworthiness.

The usual levels of trust decrease...

> from photos taken by oneself (or in one’s own presence),

>> to photographs taken by friends one trusts

>> to photographs published by whichever news source one trusts the most

>> to “non-news” photographs that the viewer is confident have all nine characteristics

>> to various other contexts in which photos are trusted less and less (ending in “laughably implausible photos anonymously posted on the Internet”).