Fact Check: This Notice Stating ‘Govt Is Busy Responding To A Tweet’ Is Fake

After international pop star, Rihanna, tweeted in support of the farmers, the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted a statement against social media comments by international celebrities about the ongoing farmers’ protests in India. In response to the tweet, a picture post of a notice on an iron mesh is seen outside India Gate

The text on the notice read: ‘Sorry, India is closed now. Our government is busy responding to a tweet’

“Sorry India is closed Right Now. Our Government is busy responding a tweet….A message pasted by someone near India Gate”, the caption of the post read.

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NewsMobile fact-checked the picture and found that the viral picture is morphed.

When we put the image through Reverse Image Search, we found a report by The Hindustan Times dated March 21, 2020, featuring the picture of a notice in front of the India Gate. The notice read, ‘India Gate Closed Due To Corona Virus’.

We found a picture very similar to the viral picture on the photo website ‘ Getty Images ‘, uploaded on 20 March 2020.

On comparing both the pictures, it became clear that the viral photo is morphed.


Hence, the above information proves that there was no notice near India Gate which read ‘Sorry, India is closed now. Our government is busy responding to a tweet’.

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