Posts falsely claim Russia’s Putin wished S. African ex-leader Zuma happy birthday on TV

Updated on 26/04/2023 at 17:00

Social media posts claim that an image shows Russian President Vladimir Putin recently wishing South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma a happy birthday on live television. But the claim is false: The image was created by layering elements typically seen in news broadcasts, including a "breaking news" label, over an old photo of Putin. There is no evidence that any media made such a report.