The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) successful soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 near the southern pole of the moon made history on 23 August. This event was widely reported by media organisations across the world.
Some social media users are sharing a screenshot from American news organisation The Washington Post's website, claiming that the organisation had "surprisingly positive" things to say about Chandrayaan-3.
What are users sharing?: Users have shared a screenshot, claiming that it shows an article by The Washington Post.
In the screenshot, the text calls the number of women on Chandrayaan-3 mission control "inspiring," remarking on how engineers from "second-string engineering colleges" in India made up the team behind the launch.
How did we find out?: We noticed a few things in the screenshot.
At the top of the screenshot, we saw the words 'Most liked' and that a name above the text read 'SandersRavilyn'.
Additionally, there was an option to reply to the text, which also showed 17 'likes' in the same line.
Using the name as a keyword, we looked for Washington Post's article on Google.
This led us to an article with the headline 'India’s lunar landing leaves a nation enthralled and briefly unified' published on 24 August, authored by Gerry Shih.
We went through this article's body, but did not find the text in the viral screenshot.
On reaching the comments section under this article, we sorted them based on the 'most liked' ones, where we came across SandersRavilyn's name.
With this, we found that the viral screenshot shows a user comment left under a Washington Post article, and not the publication's views.
The Washington Post has extensively covered India's lunar mission. However, this text is not present in any of their articles.
Conclusion: Social media users incorrectly shared a reader's comment on a Washington Post article about Chandrayaan-3 as the publication's views on India's lunar mission.