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Fact Check: Did Sri Lanka Put Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's Photo On A Stamp?

Fact check: A recent viral post was claiming that Sri Lanka has put Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's photo on their stamp,

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The internet and social media, in general, is often filled with unverified stories. While some stories are uploaded as a matter of joke for people to have lighthearted fun, some stories take it a little further and provide completely fabricated news to people. These stories, when gone viral, can make people believe in false claims as share it ahead without having prior evidence to prove them wrong. One such story has now come forward. 

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Claim -

A viral social media post was recently claiming that the image of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has been issued on Sri Lankan stamps. An image of the stamp was also circulated on social media. The fake social media post claimed that the Sri Lankan government has done this to honour Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. 

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Rating - False

The Pinarayi Vijayan stamp was not visible on the official website of Sri Lankan post. In the photo above, it is noted that the stamp was actually released in 2017, but after going through a catalogue of official stamps, it is concluded that the Pinarayi Vijayan stamp was not released at all and the claim is indeed false. Besides, one detailed look at the stamp can also give away that it is indeed a photoshopped image. 

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Origin - 

The viral photo first started doing rounds on Facebook where it was shared in abundance. After this, the photo was shared on a number of social media platforms including Twitter where people started sharing the news. As seen earlier, social media platforms can prove notorious in making unverified posts viral. 

Google Trends analysis -

As the post about Sri Lanka issuing a stamp to honour Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan started going around on the internet, people searched to find whether the story is true. This resulted in a surge of search results for the same. CHeck it out below - 

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