An image of a purported report published in Times of India is circulating on social media, the headline of which says, ‘Modi, Xi will mate 6 times in 24 hours’. The report has been filed from Wuhan.

Viral since last year

The alleged clipping was also shared by several social media users last year.

Photoshopped clipping

The headline of the report has been photoshopped and this is evident by observing the alphabets carefully – ‘t’ and ‘e’ in the word ‘mate’ are different from ‘t’ and ‘e’ in the word ‘times’. ‘t’ is longer and ‘e’ is bigger in the word ‘mate’.

Also, there is a visible change in texture around the word ‘mate’ when zoomed.

Times of India had also put out a tweet clarifying that the image is photoshopped and that the headline of the article actually reads, ‘Modi, Xi will meet 6 times in 24 hours’.

This was also corroborated by some Twitter users who posted photographs of the article taken from the newspaper. After being informed that they’ve fallen for a photo-shopped image, many acknowledged their error of judgement.

The two leaders are scheduled to have a series of meetings on important global, regional and bilateral issues during the informal two-day summit at Wuhan.

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