Hyderabad: A TIME magazine cover with a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is viral on social media. It is being claimed that Prime Minister Modi is on the cover of TIME magazine's latest issue.
"Delete Fascism...Save Country#SpeakUpForKisanNyay," reads the caption of the viral post.
The claim is False.
Since the viral post claims to be of TIME, NewsMeter began searching on the social media handles of the magazine. The team found that TIME magazine shared the picture of the cover page of the new issue on its official Twitter handle on October 7, 2021. The cover page uses Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's picture in the background with Delete Facebook (cancel-deleted) written on it.
The article published on TIME magazine's website on October 7 talks about this cover story. In this report also, we found the same picture, which has been shared from the official Twitter handle of TIME.
The report is headlined, 'How Facebook Forced a Reckoning by Shutting Down the Team That Put People Ahead of Profits'.
The team then found a report published by NDTV on October 8, 2021. "TIME magazine has featured Mark Zuckerberg on its cover in its latest issue amid claims Facebook fuels division, harms children, and puts profits over safety. The cover photo comes with an illustration of a phone app deletion icon and a seemingly simple question - "Delete 'Facebook'?" - and two options - "Cancel" or "Delete". Whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former product manager on Facebook's civic misinformation team, this week told US lawmakers how the company pushed for higher profits while being cavalier about user safety. She said Facebook had also done too little to prevent its platform from being used by people planning violence," reads the report.
The team lastly compared the viral image and the original image which makes it clear that the cover page has been edited.
It is therefore evident that the viral claim is False. TIME cover page showing PM Narendra Modi has been morphed.