Photoshopped: President Obama ‘listens’ to speech by Narendra Modi – BBC News

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It isn’t clear who doctored the image of the leader of India’s main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, but the fake photograph went viral across Indian social networks in the last week.

Commentators on Twitter say the photo caption, “Even Obama listens to the speech of NaMo,” suggests it was released by a Modi “bhakta” – or ardent supporter – who was trying to imply the US president is following Modi’s campaign to be India’s next prime minister.

The image has been widely circulated, with another politician, C R Patil, saying he thought the image was genuine when he shared it on Facebook.

It’s not clear which speech the image of Modi came from, but Indian news outlets, including the network NDTV and news magazine India Today, note the original photo was taken on 28 January 2011, and shows Obama listening to a speech by former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak days before he was forced out of power.

With a general election approaching in May, such altered images and unverified statements are becoming more common. Last week, some Indian news outlets and social media users were taken in by a tweet, apparently from the daughter of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, endorsing Modi as India’s next prime minister.

Eventually, Tendulkar himself had to set the record straight on Facebook, saying neither of his children, Sara nor Arjun, had Twitter accounts. But there are many fake accounts in both their names. – BBC News, 7 February 2014

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  2. The modern age of information and technology has certainly made life much easier than before. The speed, efficiency, and quality of information generation and exchange stands head and shoulders above any previous system in human history.
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    Internet, emails, and social networks provide a storehouse of information, but how much of that information is factual and based on solid research and experience is debatable.
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