A viral picture of hoarding being put up on many social media platforms with the following text :
“Emotional hoarding put by Indo Tibet Border Police Force @ITBP_official requesting citizens to #BoycottChineseProducts”
Claim: The viral pic claims to be of a hoarding billboard on which an appeal is made by the Indo Tibet Border Police for boycotting Chinese goods this Diwali.
A Facebook page shared the viral picture which gathered 165 shares. The archive link to this post can be accessed from here.
— ASHWANI MAHAJAN (@ashwani_mahajan) October 24, 2020
The official verified Twitter handle of National co-convener of Swadeshi Jagran Manch Mr. Ashwani Mahajan tweeted this viral picture which gathered 102 retweets and 151 likes till date. The archived link of this tweet can be accessed from here.
— Awasthi Sachin 😂 (@awasthin) October 25, 2020
The viral image is edited digitally
With the help of a reverse image search, we found out that the viral picture is not a current picture in fact it’s an old picture shared on a Facebook page RK agencies. The timestamp on this picture clearly indicates that it was uploaded on 5th October 2017. Therefore this picture does not have any connection with the current standoff going between India and China.
We compared the viral image with the original image and we found out that although every element remained the same in both the images but there had been a change in the courtesy area of the billboard hoarding. We can see that in the viral image it was written भारत तिब्बत सीमा पुलिस whereas on the original pic स्वदेशी जागरण मंच चित्तौरगढ़ was found to be written.
The official verified Twitter account of the PIB fact check clarified that the claims made on this image are not true.
दावा: सोशल मीडिया पर वायरल एक विज्ञापन @ITBP_official द्वारा प्रायोजित होने का दावा कर रहा है। #PIBFactCheck: यह दावा फर्जी है। #ITBP द्वारा ऐसा कोई विज्ञापन जारी नहीं किया गया है। pic.twitter.com/NKb5ojuesw
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) October 28, 2020
Therefore in our investigation, it was found that the claims made on this viral image were found to be False.
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