LA street not named after 'Rasu Vanniyar'; viral image is edited

A picture of a green road sign in Los Angeles reading ‘Rasu Vanniyar Avenue’ is being shared on Facebook. Netizens claim that a street has been named after Rasu Vanniyar, a Tamilian expat who helped strengthen the economy during the 2008 global economic downturn.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  25 April 2022 4:52 AM GMT
LA street not named after Rasu Vanniyar; viral image is edited

HYDERABAD: A picture of a green road sign in Los Angeles reading 'Rasu Vanniyar Avenue' is being shared on Facebook.

Netizens claim that a street has been named after Rasu Vanniyar, a Tamilian expat who helped strengthen the economy during the 2008 global economic downturn.

It is being said that the software engineer turned entrepreneur continued to sell his company's products and other California products to Indian companies, strengthening the province's economy, thus leading to the California state government naming a street after him for this achievement


The claim upon translation reads, "The California state government has named a residence of Mr. Rasu Vannier, an immigrant Tamil from our community, near the city of Los Angeles in the United States. Rasu Vanniyar is a software engineer and entrepreneur. During the global economic downturn of 2008, he continued to sell his company's products and other California products to Indian companies, strengthening the province's economy. The California state government has named him for these achievements."

FACT CHECK:

NewsMeter searched through Los Angeles' street name list but did not find any area named 'Rasu Vanniyar Avenue'. No such place was located on Google Maps too. There has been no news on Los Angeles naming a street after the South Indian either. Moreover, the concept of Rasu Vanniyar, an expatriate Tamilian does not exist. No information on the said software engineer and entrepreneur selling his company's products and other California products to Indian companies was found on the internet, thus making this a made-up story.

A reverse image search led to finding the original picture. Here, the area "Sacramento" has been written in place of 'Rasu Vanniyar Avenue'. Sacramento is the capital of the US state of California.

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This makes it clear that the viral picture was edited to share false news. No area in Los Angeles has been named Rasu Vanniyar Avenue.

Claim Review:A street in LA was named 'Rasu Vanniyar Avenue' after the expatriate Tamilian, who helped during the 2008 global economic downturn.
Claimed By:Facebook User
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Facebook
Claim Fact Check:False
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