A set of images of Indian national flag beamed on the international monuments has gone viral on social media. A Facebook page I Support Modi Ji and BJP posted the images saying, And someone was asking what Modi ji has done in International relationship.” So far, it has been shared more than 4,600 times from this page alone. Another post by an individual, Bharath EY has been garnered close to 1,800 shares.

Several other individual users have shared the images with an identical claim on Facebook and Twitter.

Digital creation

These images have been circulating on the internet with an identical narrative at least since 2017. On January 26, 2017, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest biuilding was beamed up with the colours of Indian National flag.

Soon after this, a well-known digital content platform, Filter Copy posted the EDITED images of international structures lit up in the colours of Indian national flag. Since then, the images have been circulating on social media and have repeatedly been used to claim that it is evidence of India’s growing recognition around the world

Posted by FilterCopy on Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Every image of the international monument lit up in tri-colour which was posted on Facebook by Filter Copy has an edited mark at the bottom-right.

Earlier, the images were also tweeted by Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi. This claim was previously fact-checked by International Business Times in 2017.

In conclusion, digitally created images of the Indian national flag beaming on various international monuments are being used to mislead social media users by suggesting that they are evidence of the improvement in India’s international relations during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

About the Author

Jignesh is a writer and researcher at Alt News. He has a knack for visual investigation with a major interest in fact-checking videos and images. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Gujarat University.