Fake News Clipping of Bride Seeking ‘Vaccinated Groom’ Goes Viral

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Photo of a matrimonial ad which states that a vaccinated bride is seeking only a “fully vaccinated groom who has taken both the doses of Covishield”, has gone viral on social media.

However, The Quint’s WebQoof team found out that the photo is edited and has been generated using an online tool.

CLAIM

The aforementioned matrimonial ad was also shared by Congress’ Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor. “Vaccinated bride seeks vaccinated groom! No doubt the preferred marriage gift will be a booster shot!? Is this going to be our New Normal? (sic)” Tharoor tweeted.

At the time of writing this article, the photo has nearly 8,000 likes and 846 retweets and NDTV also published a news report on it.

An archived version of the tweet can be found <a href="https://archive.st/kxr5" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.
An archived version of the tweet can be found here.

Another photo shared by a Facebook user gives a broader look into the picture, and it also has the logo of the paper as “GOA TIM”.

The photo has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter and the archived links can be found here, here, here and here.

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WHAT WE FOUND OUT

To verify the photo, we looked into newspaper clipping generator tool called ‘Fodey.com’. The free-for-use tool generates newspaper clippings where one can enter the name of the newspaper, date, headline and the story and you get a plausible image of a newspaper article.

But there’s a catch. It only changes the first two columns in the template, while the text in the third column that is partially visible never changes.

In the viral image, you can see the letters ‘re’, ‘fo’, ‘im’ in the first three lines of the third column. The same first letters can also be seen in the newspaper clipping that The Quint generated on 8 June.

Therefore, in the viral image that was generated by Fodey, the headline was put as Goa Tim, the dateline as Friday, 4th JUNE 2021, headline as Matrimonial and then the story was pasted as Roman Catholic girl (full paragraph).

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The viral image being circulated online.</p></div>

The viral image being circulated online.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The image generated by <strong>The Quint</strong>. Note the words in the third column.</p></div>

The image generated by The Quint. Note the words in the third column.

We have debunked misinformation that stemmed from this tool earlier.

Next, we looked for the Goa Times, which is a subsidiary of the Times of India, e-paper of 4 June and found that the font of the logo doesn’t match. Also, the dateline in Goa Times is above the logo and not on the left-hand side as in the viral image.

Clearly, an image generated out of a tool has been shared as a real matrimonial page.

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