EXPOSED? How Indian social media’s attempt to cover up Modi’s flop US visit failed badly

Fake Photos of the Indian PM's huge portrait on the main page of the New York Times went viral on Indian Social Media platforms.

Indian social media fails to cover up Modi's flop US visit

The Indian Prime Minister Narinder Modi’s visit to the United States was a complete failure. To cover up the failed visit, Indian social media rushed to present Modi positively. However, it did it by spreading fake news and interviews of the Indian PM to the New York Times.

Fake Photos of the Indian PM’s huge portrait on the main page of the New York Times went viral on Indian Social Media platforms.

The screenshot featured a large photograph of Modi along with the headline ‘Last, Best Hope of Earth’ and further the ‘World’s most loved and most powerful leader is here to bless us,” referring to Modi’s US visit on the 24th and 25th of September. The edition is dated the 26th of September, 2021. 

The purported NYT front-page image was circulated in people with messages like ‘Proud of my PM,’ and ‘Modi ji on the front page of the United States’ most prominent newspaper.

However, the Indian social media posts did not provide any source to the purported post, while even a glance at the image clearly showed that it had been altered. The font of the headline in the fraudulent image did not match the New York Times stylesheet, while the date of the article featured a typo’ ’26th of Setpember’ instead of the 26th of September.

Modi’s image first appeared last month in a news story covered by the leading Indian news outlet Zee News with the headline “PM Modi to chair UNSC high-level open debate on enhancing maritime security.” The fake news created an uproar in India where Modi’s critics lambasted the BJP for another fabricated news piece.

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