Fact check: Digitally altered photo of US truck goes viral as Russia backs former Pakistani PM Imran Khan

India Today AFWA has discovered that an old image of the United States has been digitally altered to show the face of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the original photo, taken in California in 2008, the truck’s white rear door bore no photo.

A photo has gone viral on Twitter showing former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s face printed on the back door of a truck alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Evicted but not defeated…Spotted in Moscow a few days ago,” said the viral tweet Lily.

The India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found the claim to be false. An old image from California in the United States has been digitally altered to show Khan’s face alongside Putin.

AFWA probe

A reverse Google search for the image led us to several media websites that have used this image over the years. But in those reports, the truck’s white rear door was plain white, with no stickers, photos, or prints.

Among the top results was a June 2021 BBC report titled ‘Precious car part gone in 60 seconds’. The room on the theft of catalytic converters from cars was accompanied by some representational images. We found the now-viral photo among these archive photos with the caption “A move towards electric cars will help solve the problem”.

Although there’s no idea where the photo is here, the BBC credited Getty Images for the photo. We reverse-searched the viral image again with “Getty Images” as the keyword.

This led us to the British American Visual Media Society website where the same picture was captioned, “A traffic jam on a California freeway.”

This confirmed that the image was not taken in Moscow as claimed in the viral tweet.

We were also able to find the image on the stock photography site iStock which had the same caption but also mentioned the upload date – April 09, 2008 – proving the photo was over ten years old.

This helped us conclude that the faces of Imran Khan and Vladimir Putin were digitally added to a 2008 photograph from the United States, not Moscow, Russia.

Fact check: Digitally altered photo of US truck goes viral as Russia backs former Pakistani PM Imran Khan

ClaimA truck seen in Moscow carried pictures of Vladimir Putin alongside ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.ConclusionThis photo has been digitally altered. In the original photo, taken in California in 2008, the truck’s white rear door bore no photo.

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