Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, recently visited Tamil Nadu, a state in Southern India. During the visit, he inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 11 projects worth Rs 31,500 crore.
A social media user posted a picture with “Go Back Modi” written on the street claiming that Tamil Nadu has rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The same claim was widely shared on Facebook as well.
In order to investigate the claim, we performed a reverse image search and found official account of Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh (Senior Editor Bangla Republic) posted the same picture back in 11th January 2020. The photo was taken during the agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Kolkata during Modi’s visit to Kolkata.
This view is from Esplande Metro Station in Kolkata.
Fact checking websites, The Quint also reported the claim as fake news.
Our research confirmed that the viral photo on social media is not recent, however, it is about two and a half years old. Moreover, this photo has nothing to do with Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu. The viral photo on social media is not from Tamil Nadu but from Kolkata. The photo of the agitation against the Citizenship Reform Bill is being shared with false claims regarding Modi’s recent visit to Tamil Nadu.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent accounts are involved in spreading misinformation on social media.|
|Behavior||A picture circulating on social media claims that Prime Minister Modi is rejected by citizens of Tamil Nadu during his recent visit.|
|Content||Social Media posts.|
|Degree||The content is being spread to defame Prime Minister of India. The circulating picture is not forged, but it is an old picture wrongly associated with PM’s visit to Tamil Nadu with misleading caption.|
|Effect||The shared picture was being circulated to mislead the audience and portray that people of Tamil Nadu rejected Narendra Modi and they were unhappy about his visit to Tamil Nadu. This post was an effort to malign Bhartiya Janta Party’s image in Tamil Nadu. The content discouraged and deterred the voter of Bhartiya Janta Party.|