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Viral Image Of Railway Station In Kerala Decorated For Onam Found To Be AI-Generated

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

A railway station and train in Kerala decorated for Onam, which is being celebrated from August 20 to August 31 this year.

We received the claim on our Whatsapp tipline (9999499044), too, requesting us to fact-check it.

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Fact

Newschecker ran a reverse image search of the viral photo, which led us to this Facebook post, dated July 29, 2023, by Aneesh Chakkottil.

We went through the comments, where Chakkottil, who is a digital creator as per his Facebook bio, responds to several users’ queries on whether the image is real, saying it is an AI-generated image of the Kasaragod-Thiruvananthapuram Vande Bharat Express. He has uploaded the same image on his Instagram page.

We then reached out to Chakkottil, who is currently living in Dubai, where he runs an advertising agency, “Copper and Black Advertising”. “I am a graphic designer and created the viral image using the generative AI tool, Midjourney,” he said.

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Result: False

Sources
Facebook post, Aneesh Chakkottil, July 29, 2023
Conversation with Aneesh Chakkottil


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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