Alli Babaa from Nigeria and others disseminate Salome Zurabishvili’s fake quotation

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On October 23, Facebook user Sofo Kemularia’s old post dated 2018 disseminated on social network, which depicts the photo of Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili with the following caption written on it: “I hate poor Georgians the most. S. Zurabishvili”. Post that has 501 shares as of October 23 gives off the impression that it’s a quotation from the president Salome Zurabishvili.

The disseminated post is disinformation due to the fact that a similar quote from the Georgian president cannot be found through open sources. Post doesn’t indicate the source, date, or other details that would verify the existence of such sentence. The post is disseminated by trolls and pro-national movement accounts. 

Facebook user Sofo Kemularia has indicated on her account that she worked for the opposition party United National Movement.

On October 23, 2020, the mentioned post was disseminated by other Facebook accounts. In particular, personal profile Alli Babaa, probably a troll, shares the post in various groups. Among them are the following groups: Live Georgiaხატია დეკანოიძე-ისნის მაჟორიტარად, (Khatia Dekanoidze for the Majoritarian of Isani), Danmark-Georgien დანია-საქართველო Denmark-Georgia Данія-Грузія (Denmark-Georgia, Denmark-Georgia, Denmark-Georgia, Denmark-Georgia), მიხეილ სააკაშვილის შტაბი (Mikheil Saakashvili’s Headquarter), Сухуми и сухумцы! ВСЕ КТО СЕБЯ СЧИТАЕТ ТАКОВЫМИ…, (Sokhumi and Sokhumi people! All who think they belong…), თეთრი და შავი (White and Black)

Post shared by Alli Babaa in the group “Live Georgia” had 122 reactions, 132 comments, and 24 shares in 4 hours.

Facebook account Alli Babaa indicated Nigeria as the place of residence, albeit the account frequently shares information related to current events in Georgia. Moreover, the profile shares the posts from Mikheil Saakashvili’s Facebook page as well.

Topic: Politics
Violation: Fabricated quote
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