The 2022 Summit of the Quad, officially the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is a group of four countries: the United States, Australia, India, and Japan. The conference was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United States President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on 24th May, 2022.
Tamil Nadu Congress Information Technology & Social Media Department shared a video claiming that United States President, Joe Biden, did not respect or shake hands with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at the Quad Summit.
When data was retrieved, the tweet had 46 retweets and 78 likes. Same video was widely shared on Facebook with similar caption.
In order to investigate the claim, we searched for keywords “Quad Summit 2022” and found a coverage from “Aaj Tak” an Indian news outlet. The video shows the Prime Minister of India, Modi, and the Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, walking together, Joe Biden shaking hands with the Prime Minister of Australia first and then talking to Prime Minister Modi, laughing and shaking hands with him.
The social media post had shared only the first 14 seconds of this video with false context.
Our research confirmed that the video is being shared by the opposition party “India National Congress” with false context to defame the current ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was an effort to portray that Indian Prime Minister was ignored by Joe Biden and that he has little to no voice in international platforms which is shameful for the country.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Tamil Nadu Congress Information Technology & Social Media Department and independent accounts are involved in spreading misinformation on social media.|
|Behavior||A video circulating on social media claims that United States president Joe Biden did not shake hands with Prime Minister Modi in Quad Summit.|
|Content||Social Media posts.|
|Degree||The content is being spread to defame the ruling party of India. The video is not forged or inauthentic, moreover no synthetic means are used to make the content viral. Incomplete video is extracted and shared with misleading caption.|
|Effect||The content discouraged and deterred the voters of Bhartiya Janta Party from supporting it. The shared video was being circulated to mislead the audience and portray that the government of India is incompetent and voiceless.|