On November 14, web-pages Tvalsazrisi.ge and publishers.ge, as well as Facebook users Maia Dvalidze and Irakli Zakareishvili disseminated information about U.S. election. According to their claims, the U.S army raided the office of Spanish software development company Scytl located in Frankfurt, and as a result, the Trump administration seized the server of electronic election system using which 2020 election was rigged. Published information notes that the aforesaid company is funded by sub-company of Soros and Microsoft co-owner Paul Allen and it’s been suggested that Scytl is linked to Joe Baiden and Democrats.
Tvalsazrisi.ge and Irakli Zakareishvili cite conservative information platform thegatewaypundit.com as a source for mentioned information.
Information as if Scytl rigged U.S election and the U.S. Army conducted a special operation in Frankfurt to seize its server is false. Company Scytle has denied the allegations and mentioned that all servers utilized for U.S. elections are located in America. Therefore, it’d be impossible to seize servers in Frankfurt. Moreover, as the company explained, their electronic platform only visualizes data counted at polling stations and doesn’t count the votes.
Scytle has denied allegations
Scytle has published a statement following the dissemination of mentioned information on various web-pages and social networks. The statement notes that the company doesn't have servers or even an office in Frankfurt, the U.S. military has not conducted a special operation in Barcelona or other offices of Scytle. Scytle also writes that it doesn’t count votes in U.S. election. Scytl is involved in U.S. election in the limits of 4 types of products and services it provides.
- Election Night Reporting (ENR) – this is a platform that provides a visual representation of votes that have been tabulated by state and local election officials. ENR enables voting stations and districts to provide citizens with election results in real-time using a multi-language mobile platform. During election night, each voting station counts votes using a physical machine allocated to them and uploads the results on the Scytl ENR platform. All Scytl ENR servers used in U.S. election are physically located in the United States. Scytl doesn’t count or tally the votes, it only provides a visual representation of results
- Online Election Worker Training
- Online Voter Education;
- Electronic Ballot Delivery: This is a platform that allows state election offices to securely deliver ballots to Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee voters. Each state has different laws and regulations regarding who can request a ballot through this system, and how that ballot can be returned. All servers used for eBD in U.S. elections are physically located in the United States.
What does eBD not allow:
- It doesn’t allow voters to vote online;
- It doesn’t allow to count and tally the votes;
Scytle also stated that the company has no connection with Soros.
U.S army spokesperson denied the information as if the U.S. Army conducted a special operation to seize Scytle server. He was contacted by The Associated Press and similar to Scytle, spokesperson refuted the disseminated reports on special operation and seizing of company servers.
Dissemination of false information in the U.S.
Initially, the aforesaid information was voiced by Republican congressman Louie Gohmert as a suggestion at an online meeting on November 13, 2020. He said that U.S. military forces seized company Scytl servers located in Frankfurt. In his statement, Louie also mentioned that he doesn’t have the exact information on this issue.
Later, the information was published on the webpages of the conservative information platforms TheGatewayPundit.com and greatgameindia.com. According to those articles, materials on the Spanish company servers located in Frankfurt would confirm that the 2020 U.S. election was indeed rigged.
Dissemination of the false information on Georgian social network
As of November 18, Tvalsazrisi.ge article published on November 14 has 82 shares. The article was shared in the following groups: ანტი-მასონობა. „ანტიქრისტეს“ ახალი მსოფლიო წესრიგი (NWO); ანტი-ეკუმენიზმი (Anti-masonry. ‘Antichrist’s’ New World Order (NWO); Anti-ecumenism) საქართველოს პატრიოტთა ალიანსის მხარდამჭერთა ჯგუფი (Group of Supporters of the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia), POLITIKO.
As for the information published by the publishers.ge, as of November 18, it has 38 shares.
Prepared by Lika Buchunteli and Mariam Talakhadze
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The material uses data by CrowdTangle, a Facebook search tool