Hyderabad: A Time magazine cover with the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the word 'SUPERSPREADER' written under it is circulating on social media.

Superspreader refers to a person who transmits an infectious disease or agent to an unexpectedly or unusually large number of people.

Twitter users are sharing the photo claiming it is the cover of the Time magazine.


NewsMeter has found that the Time magazine has not published such a cover and the image is fake.

Fact Check:

We noticed that the viral image of the magazine is dated 'July 17, 2006'. We searched the magazine's archive called Vault and found that the cover for 17 July 2006 was titled "The End of Cowboy Diplomacy" and had a picture of a cowboy hat and boots.

This indicates that the viral image is FAKE. We also noticed that the viral image has a barcode at the bottom left which is not found on any of the original covers of Time magazine. The viral image may have been made using a template found online.


We traced the image used in the viral magazine cover to 25 February 2021 when the Prime Minister addressed a public meeting in Puducherry. The image can be found on several news websites and PTI archives.


We also checked the Vault and found no such magazine cover for the year 2020 and 2021.


This clearly indicates that the Time magazine cover of Modi with the word 'SUPERSPREADER' is FAKE.

Claim Review :   Time magazine cover of superspreader Modi
Claimed By :  Social Media Post
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. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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