16/11/2015 2:37 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Canadian Sikh Journalist's Morphed Selfie Goes Viral As One Among Paris Attack Bombers


Sikh-Canadian writer and journalist Veerender Jubbal has been going through social media hell for the past few days, ever since someone photoshopped a selfie on his Twitter feed it to make him look like an Islamic state bomber, involved with Friday's attack in Paris.

The Guardian reports Jubbal as claiming to have been targeted by Gamergate, a sort of vigilante community that monitors how writers review online games and whether they transgress codes of political correctness specific to games. Jubbal is a critic of Gamergate, which--in the politics of the online world--has been charged with being misogynistic. He also claimed on his Twitter handle to have pioneered the #StopGamerGate2014 campaign.

The morphed picture of Jubbal, doing the rounds of the internet, show him as holding a Quran and sporting a bomb vest. It was originally a selfie of him holding an Ipad.

In fact, after talking to his cousin who works for a leading newspaper in India, Juggal is contemplating legal action against the newspapers, websites, as well as the people responsible for proliferating his tampered photograph. Here's a sample of his Twitter feed and vignette of how he's handling the notoriety.

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