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Fact Check: Viral Clip of Cricketer Virat Kohli Endorsing ‘Aviator’ Betting App Is A Deepfake

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Several videos featuring Indian cricket star Virat Kohli endorsing a betting app — Aviator — are extensively circulating on social media.

The viral advertisements begin with well known TV journalists reporting on or endorsing Aviator, followed by a clip of Virat Kohli promoting the app. Kohli is seen enticing viewers by promising substantial earnings with minimal investment.

A similar claim can be seen here. (Archive Link)

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the claim, and found it to be Fake.

With a keyword search to find any media reports about Virat Kohli endorsing a betting app, the NM team did not find any news to corroborate the claim.

Upon closer analysis of the viral video, we noticed discrepancies like mismatched lip movements and poor-quality visuals. Searching further, we found a link with the video that redirects users to download the game. Clicking on the link led us to a casino game on the Google Play Store — 55Ace — revealing the dubious nature of the provided link.

Performing a Reverse Image Search of the viral video keyframes, we identified an identical video of cricketer Virat Kohli on the YouTube channel of Audi India, dated February 3, 2022. In the YouTube video, Kohli is seen promoting the newly launched Audi Q7.

Given below is the comparison between the Real and Deepfake images:

We also found multiple similar fake videos featuring various celebrities, cricketers, and industrialists like Anant Ambani, Akshay Kumar, and Sachin Tendulkar. To enhance credibility, the digital scammers have manipulated footage of TV journalists. This pattern is evident in many of these promotional deepfakes.

Thus, it is clear that the viral video is a deepfake, and none of the celebrities has promoted the Aviator betting app.

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