An alleged screenshot of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s tweet has gone viral on social media. The tweet shows Gandhi sharing her “favourite story” about her great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru. “As PM, he returned from work at 3 am to find his bodyguard exhausted and asleep on his bed. He covered him with a blanket and went to his room to sleep with his wife,” reads the story. Twitter user Sadanand Ghodgerikar who is followed by prime minister Modi shared the purported tweet with the caption, “With his wife… solid confusion.” (archive link)
With his wife… solid confusion pic.twitter.com/WPbgK7APJv
— Sadanand Ghodgerikar (@SGhodgerikar) November 16, 2020
The screenshot also carries the following text — “Which wife and whose wife…I was educated that Kamala Nehru died in 1936.”
Another Twitter user Murali Jai Hind posted the screenshot and claimed that Priyanka Gandhi has taken down her tweet. (archive link)
His means bodyguard’s wife..
The tweet is now deleted for obvious reasons. pic.twitter.com/hT0BFeqZBK
— Murali Jai Hind (@Muralik79739498) November 16, 2020
A cursory look at the screenshot itself reveals that it has been morphed. For starters, the date/ time is visible both at the bottom and on the top right. If one is scrolling through tweets without clicking on them, date and time appear on the top right. Once we select a certain tweet, it shows at the bottom.
The viral screenshot reads ‘5h’ on the top right and ’16:33 · 14 Nov 19 ·’ below the tweet which is not possible. However, before we elaborate on the visual distinction, let us find out if Priyanka Gandhi made any similar tweet last year on India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday.
Gandhi indeed shared her favourite story about her great grandfather on November 14, 2019.
My favourite story about my great-grandfather is the one about when as PM, he returned from work at 3 am to find his bodyguard exhausted and asleep on his bed. He covered him with a blanket and slept on an adjacent chair. #JawaharlalNehru pic.twitter.com/HDDiC1hked
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) November 14, 2019
However, the last line has been altered in the viral screenshot. Gandhi wrote that Nehru slept on a chair adjacent to his bodyguard and not “went to his room to sleep with his wife…” Furthermore, Gandhi’s tweet has been posted from an iPhone unlike the viral screenshot which says ‘Twitter for Android’.
Now coming back to the visual distinction in the format of the tweet. As stated before, the date/ time cannot show both on the top right and at the bottom simultaneously.
Gandhi’s tweet from last year was also reported in the media. The Indian Express published an article the same day it was posted.
An old tweet by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was morphed to target Jawaharlal Nehru on social media. The former Indian prime minister has come under the crosshairs of similar misinformation that attempts to brand his as an ‘immoral’ man.