A photoshopped image of a Sikh man wearing a suicide bomb vest and holding the Holy Quran took social media by storm on Saturday as people mistook him as one of the Paris attackers.
A wave of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night claimed by the Islamic State (IS) left 129 dead and scores others injured. Amid all the fear and chaos which gripped the city, an image of a Sikh man stared doing the rounds on social media a day after the attack with many accusing him of being one of the attackers in the Paris massacres.
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The image was also shared on one of the largest, though unofficial, pro-IS channels on Telegram, the same app that the extremist group used to take credit for the attacks in Paris.
On closer examination, however, many social media users began to realize that the image was photoshopped as it contained many features which are not likely for a member of Islamic State group to possess.
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The man himself, Veerender Jubbal, a Canadian tweeted the original bathroom selfie and added that he had never been to Paris.
Ready: pic.twitter.com/ae9xEej4gS— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) August 4, 2015
People are editing, and photoshopping my selfies as if I am one of the people causing the issues/problems in Paris.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
Has spread to the point, where many people have had to tweet about the photos being photoshopped..— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
Any support/nice messages are welcome.
You can all check the last retweets.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
Let us start with basics.
Never been to Paris.
Am a Sikh dude with a turban.
Lives in Canada.
According to him, the fake image was released by the supporters of GamerGate, a controversial online movement, which he had been fighting with on the internet for a year.
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Gamers are absolute garbage like I have been saying for a full year.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
People will not stop harassing, and bothering me.
I am cute as gosh.
Undaunted by all the negative attention, Jubbal tweeted on Saturday night that he remains valuable and rad.
Learn the difference between me being a Sikh, and a Muslim.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
Cry in mug, while I use your tears to water my garden.
I am valuable, and rad.
However, to Jubbal’s dismay, some media outlets early on Sunday morning began sharing photos of him, with even one of the largest papers in Spain publishing his photo on the front page.
The Italian television channel TG24 also tweeted Jubbal’s image to its 1.98 million followers.
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Further, the photoshopped picture also became a part of a segment on the channel’s website.
European media outlets were not the only feature Jubbal’s image, their Asian counterpoints soon caught on.
Well, just got a phone call from a cousin in India, and they know about it; and saw the whole thing in India Times.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 15, 2015
We might sue, I guess.
I hope everyone has caught up with what is going on with me.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 15, 2015
I went viral due to a photoshopped image claiming I am a terrorist.
In gauging this entire incident--millions upon millions of people have seen the photoshopped images, and have placed me as a terrorist.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 15, 2015
Many people have since tweeted in Jubbal's support.
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Somewhere out there. SomeONE knows that they created the @Veeren_Jubbal photoshop. Own Up. Apologise.— Kal 🐈⬛ (@KhalSir) November 15, 2015
.@Veeren_Jubbal is great and gentle and the internet is awful— Garrett Martin (@grmartin) November 15, 2015
I just heard about what happened to @veeren_jubbal ... What "journalists" did to you is shameful. As a journalist, I'm sorry.— Robert Hernandez 😷 (@webjournalist) November 15, 2015
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