A few days ago, a photo started circulating on social media, purporting to show BJP workers protesting in front of Canara Bank, with the caption suggesting that they had mistakenly believed it to be Canada Bank. However, upon closer examination, it became evident that something was wrong.
The fake news was circulated by Former Cricketer and Propagandist Kirti Azad.
Canara बैंक को Canada समझ कर— Kirti Azad (@KirtiAzaad) September 24, 2023
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Uncovering the Truth
Our fact-checking journey led us to the original image, which was taken in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, during a protest rally organized by BJP workers. This event took place in August 2020 when municipal staff and police removed the BJP flagpole. The original image did not feature the signboard of Canara Bank beneath the Xiaomi signboard, as seen in the manipulated version. To read more about the incident, click here [archive].
Upon meticulous scrutiny, it became clear that the Canara Bank signboard had been added through digital editing, and deliberately placed in front of the Xiaomi signboard. This alteration was a deliberate attempt to create a false narrative that BJP workers had confused Canara Bank with Canada Bank.
The Political Agenda and The Conclusion
This incident highlights the power of digital manipulation and misinformation in shaping public opinion. It is important to recognize that the image was circulated by individuals with a political agenda, aiming to discredit or ridicule the BJP workers. Such tactics are unfortunately common in today’s digital age, where information can be easily distorted or manipulated to suit various narratives.
In conclusion, the claim that BJP workers mistook Canara Bank for Canada in a protest image is misleading. The image was digitally altered to convey a false narrative and promote a political agenda. Following a precise analysis and fact-checking, our team has reviewed the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread below.
1126— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) September 25, 2023
FACT: Propaganda accounts circulated a digitally altered old image of BJP workers claiming that they mistook the Canara Bank for Canada, while BJP workers protested in front of the Canara Bank. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/oFS9HRULZ4
Claim: BJP workers mistakenly thought Canara Bank was Canada Bank in a protest image.
Fact: The image was digitally manipulated to create a false narrative. The original image from a protest in Tamil Nadu did not feature the Canara Bank signboard.