The viral photo of an advertising banner by Delhi Gov, tweeted by prominent people, politicians is fake.
An edited image of banner is viral which has a photo of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on it along with the text –
“बधाई हो दिल्ली
कीर्तिनगर इंडस्ट्रियल एरिया में दस नए डस्टबिन की व्यवस्था”
Translation: “Congratulations Delhi. Ten new dustbins arranged in Kirtinagar Industrial Area”
Many prominent BJP people, MP, MLA tweeted the fake image
Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (National Secretary BJP Youth, MLA Candidate Hari Nagar Vidhansabha,Swayamsewak) asked if it’s true.
Reallyyyy ? pic.twitter.com/AjWOm5DVRR
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) August 1, 2021
Gaurav Goel, State Spokesperson, BJP, Punjab
Parvesh Sahib Singh (Member of Parliament: West Delhi Loksabha Constituency, Ex-MLA: Mehrauli Constituency, Former General Secretary-Delhi BJP)
क्या बोलूँ , शब्द ही नहीं है । pic.twitter.com/ipZThtaGtW
— Parvesh Sahib Singh (@p_sahibsingh) August 1, 2021
Navin Jindal (Official @twitter Profile of Naveen Kumar Media Head @bjp4delhi #Spokesperson)
अब तो हद ही हो गई…………..
वाह महाठग @ArvindKejriwal pic.twitter.com/lykhOo3S2t
— Naveen Kumar Jindal 🇮🇳 (@naveenjindalbjp) August 1, 2021
Shalabh Mani Tripathi (सूचना सलाहकार (माननीय मुख्यमंत्री, उप्र), कार्यसमिति सदस्य (भारतीय जनता पार्टी,उप्र), स्तंभकार)
फिर लापरवाही @ArvindKejriwal जी, डस्टबिन की कुंडी, ढक्कन का भी तो जिक्र करना था विज्ञापन में, बड़े बड़े काम इतनी सादगी से क्यूं निपटा देते हैं आप भला !! https://t.co/zFDbaRETnn pic.twitter.com/MwdXabPPm3
— Shalabh Mani Tripathi (@shalabhmani) August 1, 2021
Ravinder Gupta (BJP MLA Candidate MatiyaMahal 20 Gen Sec BJP Delhi State -2017 Mayor, North Delhi – 2014 Deputy Mayor North Delhi -2013 Chairmen Works Com Mcd 2012)
बधाई हो दिल्ली के मालिक @ArvindKejriwal ने दस डस्टबिन लगवाने का विज्ञापन दिया है —–👌@TajinderBagga pic.twitter.com/N3MPqJTN0y
— Ravinder Gupta 🇮🇳 (@guptaravinder71) August 1, 2021
फ़ोटो डाली तो है पूरी डस्टबिन के ढक्कन की शलभ भाई जी https://t.co/eAnnlymt4q
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) August 1, 2021
Ashok Basoya (Additional Advocate General of Chhattisgarh at Supreme Court .Member AICC Contested Mcd Election Ashok vihar, Ex National Gen Sec NSUI, Ex VP n Jt Sec DUSU)
हज़ार रुपये के डस्टबिन और उसके लिये करोड़ों रुपये का प्रचार वहा रे केजरीवाल यही राजनीति बदलने आयें थे फ़र्जीवाल !! pic.twitter.com/3BmZ14gwLO
— Ashok Basoya (@ashokbasoya) August 1, 2021
The following tweet by a handle with name Hardik Bhavsar (Bittu Tufanii) has been retweeted by more than 1100 times
ये ठग दिल्ली चला रहा या ठेला…? 🤣 pic.twitter.com/N8HdVJYxle
— 𝑯𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒊𝒌 𝑩𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒔𝒂𝒓 (@BittuTuFanii) July 31, 2021
The following tweet by a handle named Dr. APR, we believe is the first one among all as it was tweeted 2 days ago in evening. 30th July. Plus this has the highest resolution image i.e. 2048 X 2048 we could find which probably also means that this ID created the viral image also
#Retweet and say #ThankYouSirJi pic.twitter.com/Efl7yU4qIo
— Dr. APR 🇮🇳🍁 (@drapr007) July 30, 2021
Facebook is also quite full of this fake photo
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The viral image is edited with the Hindi text added digitally
Delhi Government, CM Kejriwal has been in news for a while regarding money spent on advertising to which this fake image is also related.
Following is the detail of the image we found in highest resolution i.e. 2048 px X 2048 px. We have used that image and it’s parts for fact checking.
1. On the left, you can see a part of previous text which has been covered digitally using blue color matching previous one. In fact just next to it, you can also see a horizontal line difference in color shades of the original vs the digitally added one.
2. The part of the text shows above the light reflection, if it was real, it should have been part of the reflection itself i.e. it’s color shade would change as per reflection but in this case it’s flat.
3. The text is not aligned parallel to the edge of the banner border
4. Further, the sharpness difference between the text and Delhi Government logo and the difference between the shade of white in both is quite clear and obvious which proves the text is not a part of the banner and has been added digitally.
5. Further, we performed a detailed digital forensics on the viral image which also adds up to the image being digitally modified.
You can see the results at the following –
The first online tool we used is – fotoforensics
The ELA (Error Level Analysis) of the image proves while all other elements in the image are part of the original image, the text stands out which proves it’s added digitally after the photo was taken –
You can read about Error Level Analysis by clicking here
“Error Level Analysis is a forensic method to identify portions of an image with a different level of compression. The technique could be used to determine if a picture has been digitally modified. To better understand the techniques, it’s necessary to deepen the JPEG compression technique.” – Source
We used a second online tool, Forensically to check the same, which gave the same results.
Above ELA has been done using another online tool
Even the third and the most popular online fact checking tool used by Fact Checkers globally i.e. inVID gave the similar results
We can not confirm what was the content before the image that was edited but we found a verified twitter user claiming it was a banner for financial help to the families who lost their loved ones to COVID-19
Fake News ⚠️
Photoshopped Image of Delhi Govt is used
Cc: @AltNews@AltNewsHindi@zoo_bear@free_thinker@rishikeshlaw sir pls take necessary legal action
He's using fake/morphed photos of Delhi CM to defame him
Original Image👇 pic.twitter.com/dRa8MrteSP
— Siddharth Setia (@ethicalsid) August 1, 2021
The above template/color does match the viral image in question but we can not confirm this was the original one. But we can surely confirm the viral image is edited with complete Hindi text added digitally on original image.
This editing of banners has been going on for long. Today Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga along with this viral fake one, tweeted another fake which we debunked last month
1 more pic.twitter.com/tSrpsGqT4d
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) August 1, 2021
Delhi CM didn’t congratulate Delhi for a ‘speed breaker’, the viral image is edited.
Also a banner from Gujarat was viral
The viral photo of AAP Gujarat’s banner is morphed, giving it a communal angle.
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