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That viral photo of the Hong Kong protests is not what it seems

(CNN)A stunning nighttime image purporting to show thousands of people amassing Sunday on the streets of Hong Kong to protest a controversial extradition bill has been widely shared on social media platforms. The problem is that the image was heavily edited -- cropped and mirrored -- to multiply the size of the crowd and make it look perfectly symmetrical. It's also mislabeled, as the original photo was taken a week earlier at another anti-extradition rally.The image is the first result of a Twitter search for "Hong Kong protests," with more than 28,000 likes and 8,000 retweets. It's also been reposted on Instagram by people including Nathan Law, founding chair of the pro-democracy group, Demosisto. The image's original author, as first re ...