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Fact-Check: This Is an AI-generated Image of PM Modi Looking at a Microscope

The creator of the viral photo mentioned that they used the AI tool called Midjourney to create the viral image.

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Fact-Check: This Is an AI-generated Image of PM Modi Looking at a Microscope
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A photo showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking through a microscope in an incorrect manner is being shared on social media.

The claim: Social media users are sharing the photo saying that if any Opposition leader had used a microscope incorrectly, it would have made headlines. However, it was not happening since it was PM Modi in the photo.

An archive of this post can be seen here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

The claim is viral on Facebook.

(Archives of more such claims on social media can be seen here, here and here.)

Is it true?: No, the photo has been made using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

  • The person who created the photo shared it with a caption mentioning that they had used the AI tool Midjourney to make this image.


How did we find out?: We ran a reverse image search on the viral photo.

  • This led us to an article by which published the same photo in an article on 9 April.

  • According to this article, Modi's photograph was created using an AI tool.

  • The image was credited to an Instagram account with the username 'sahixd'.

  • We also noticed a watermark with the text 'Sahid' on the image.

We noticed a watermark on the image.

(Source: by The Quint)

Taking a cue from this, we looked for the profile on Instagram.

  • Here, we came across a profile with the username 'sahixd' whose bio mentioned that they were a "digital creator" who makes AI-generated images.

The profile's bio mentions "digital creator."

(Source: Instagram/Altered by The Quint)

  • On this profile, we found many photos of PM Modi wearing different clothes depicting different professions, along with the one in the viral claim.

  • The photo's caption mentioned that the photos were created using Midjourney AI, an AI tool.

The creator mentioned that the images were created using AI.

(Source: Instagram/Altered by The Quint)

The Quint has reached out to the creator and will update this story if and when a response is received.

What is Midjourney?: Midjourney AI is an AI tool which generates images based on keyword prompts.

  • The Quint's WebQoof has previously debunked misinformation based on AI-generated images, which were created using Midjourney. You can read them here and here.

Conclusion: The photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi using a microscope incorrectly was created using an AI tool and is not real.

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