The Times Of India took to Twitter on Friday to clarify that an image purporting to show one of its articles with an embarrassing typo, was in fact photoshopped.
The newspaper said all its editions carried the correct headline.
A photoshopped image of our headline on the Modi-Xi meet is doing the rounds. All our editions carry the correct headline. You can see the difference when the correct & fake headlines are placed together. The one on the right is the photoshopped image with the word ‘mate’ tilted. pic.twitter.com/76NZGuFpR1
— Times of India (@timesofindia) April 27, 2018
BOOM reached out to Derick D’Sa, Associate Executive Editor, the Times of India, for a clarification. D’Sa responed to our email with the URL of the tweet from the newspaper’s official handle.
The article by reporter Sachin Parashar counted the number of times Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be meeting each other in 24 hours.
However, the word ‘meet’ was replaced with ‘mate’ and soon enough the image went viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.
— Nawaz Shaik (@NawazShaik29) April 27, 2018
Many on Twitter posted the image calling it out as fake and asked others to refrain from sharing the same.
Please don’t spread this photoshopped image, William. Look closely, the word is not even aligned. We have the same, CORRECT, headline across all our editions. Am adding here the headline, as it appeared. Thanks. @timesofindia pic.twitter.com/rlDqF4JhkZ
— Rajesh Kalra (@rajeshkalra) April 27, 2018
Funny, but tis Fotoshop.
[ area around the word mate is smoothed out ] pic.twitter.com/9QJhIE9ZQw
— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) April 27, 2018
— Aanchal (@followaanchal) April 27, 2018
Looking at the image closely, one will notice that the letters ‘t’ and ‘e’ in the word ‘mate’ appear different from how they appear in the word ‘times.’ The white portion around the word ‘mate’ also looks grey compared to the rest of the headline suggesting it was photoshopped. The e-paper version of the story also carries the correct headline.
The two-day Wuhan summit commenced on Friday where the two heads of state are expected to discuss issues ranging from trade policieis, protectionism to a border dispute.
UPDATED ON APRIL 28, 2018
The publication reported it had filed a police complaint against unidentified persons for mischievously photoshopping the headline.
On April 28, Vineet Jain, managing director of the Times Of India group, issued the below warning on Twitter.
Trolls delete your defamatory 🤮posts. We are watching you 👁, compiling your names and mobile numbers &coming after you. https://t.co/jjxsKsHPjH
— Vineet jain (@vineetjaintimes) April 28, 2018