HYDERABAD: A purported tweet by National Geographic is viral on social media.

"Bright, white and associated to milk, a white substance. Is the way our own galaxy is named, racist?" it reads.


The tweet seems to suggest that the naming of the Milky Way Galaxy is racist. Along with this, an article titled, " Is the Milky Way Galaxy racist? " is also attached.

FACT CHECK:

This tweet was not posted by National Geographic.

Firstly, we searched the feed of National Geographic on Twitter but did not find the tweet. However, the same image was found, but the text reads, " Bright, fleeting blasts of radio waves coming from the vicinity of a nearby galaxy are deepening one of astronomy's biggest mysteries".

This indicates that the viral tweet is edited and is fake. It should also be noted that the viral tweet has grammatical errors, which would have been avoided if posted by the official account of National Geographic.

Secondly, we searched on National Geographic's website and did not find any article titled, "Is the Milky Way Galaxy racist". The only closest similar blog is titled, "Our Milky Way Galaxy Is as White as, Well, Milk". This again indicates that the viral tweet is fake as the attached article does not exist.

https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2012/01/12/our-milky-way-galaxy-is-as-white-as-well-milk/

National Geographic confirmed in an email statement to Reuters that the viral tweet had been digitally altered and that it was not posted by them.

https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-natgeo-milkyway-idUSL2N2NM1NW

With the above information, it is clear that the viral tweet of National Geographic is fake and that the original tweet has been altered.

Claim Review :   National Geographic tweeted that the naming of the Milky way galaxy is racist
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing.

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