On October 9th, 2022, a Georgian-language Facebook user published a screenshot of an alleged tweet of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili. According to the text, due to the tragic incident in Crimea, three days of mourning will be declared in Georgia, and the flags will be lowered. The post is accompanied by a photo of the explosion on the Crimean Bridge on October 8th.
No similar information can be found on the official Twitter page of Irakli Gharibashvili. The last tweet published on the mentioned page dates back to October 6th and concerns the PM’s meeting with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
In addition, by looking closely at the screenshot, one can easily confirm that it is indeed fake, as when one takes a screenshot of the Twitter post using a phone or a computer, the text layout appears differently, and a verification mark shows up next to the follow button at the top of the screenshot.
In the comments section of the viral post, some Facebook users perceived the post’s content as real news. In addition, the author of the post himself claimed that the screenshot was real.
The Crimean bridge shown in the photo was damaged by an explosion on October 8th. The bridge is the main transport line connecting the Crimean Peninsula and the territory of Russia. According to reports, on the morning of October 8th, a truck exploded on the bridge, resulting in a partial collapse of the highway. A train loaded with fuel tanks, standing nearby, also caught fire.
Fake posts and fabricated quotes in the name of various political and public figures have been fact-checked by “Myth Detector” in the past as well. For details, see our articles:
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