A tweet in the @DanielUrresti account, published on August 26, 2022, has had 500 retweets and 1,651 likes. This publication shows an alleged pronouncement by the candidate for mayor of Metropolitan Lima for the Podemos Peru party, Daniel Urresti Elera. In said post, he assures that he does not speak about the President of the Republic, Pedro Castillo, because he believes “in his innocence.” However, there is no record of the message on the official Twitter account @DanielUrresti1 and the publication came from an apocryphal profile.
“People ask me why I haven’t tweeted anything about Pedro Castillo since November 2021. The reason is clear. I believe in his innocence”, says Urresti’s alleged tweet shared as a screenshot on Facebook (1, two, 3). Even his contender Rafael López Aliaga asked about the veracity of the tweet on his social networks (1, two).
Daniel Belizario Urresti Elera has been Minister of the Interior in 2014, congressman of the Republic in 2020 and manager of Citizen Security of the district of Los Olivos in 2019.
The tweet attributed to Urresti refers to Pedro Castillo, President of the Republic, since July 2021, who has been six investigations prosecutors against him to date. The most serious complaints against the president are for criminal organization, influence peddling and cover-up. Last Sunday, the Judiciary issued 30 months of preventive prison against Yenifer Paredes, sister-in-law and putative daughter of Castillo, for the alleged crime of criminal organization that, according to the hypothesis of the Prosecutor’s Office, would have the head of state as its leader.
The viralized screenshot shows the time and date of the same: 8:43 a.m. on the morning of August 26, 2022. But a review of the tweets published by the candidate for the municipal chair in his official account did not lead to the publication assigned to it.
A search on Twitter with the words “Urresti” and “Castillo” together with the phrase “I believe in his innocence” revealed the tweet spread on social networks, but published by an account that imitated that of the candidate and that has the tweet pinned on your profile.
At first glance, the two accounts seem to have the same username due to the font used by Twitter. But the candidate’s official profile is @DanielUrresti1 with the number “1″ at the end, while the fake user is @DanielUrresti without ending with “1″.
The display name of apocryphal profile it is currently “Daniel Burresti The… Parody”. However, this has been changing hours after that tweet was published. A query for the link in the tweet on the Wayback Machine, a tool that stores copies of websites, returned a coincidencebut with the name of “Daniel Burresti” at 1:43 p.m. on the afternoon of August 26.
However, in a subsequent consultation of another tweet published two hours after the virus, a capture with the visible name “Daniel Urresti”, as it appears in the image posted on Facebook.
It should be noted that Twitter Allows you to change the display name with a maximum of 50 characters. Unlike the username that starts with @, this can be modified with a maximum of 15 characters, it does not allow spaces and, furthermore, if what you entered is already registered, you cannot save it unless you differentiate it with a hyphen or number.
A comparison between the accounts shows that the false profile was created in October 2019 and has made 4,687 tweets as of August 29, 2022. In contrast, the candidate’s original account was created in March 2014 and has produced approximately 49,000 tweets to date. date of publication of this verification.
The false profile photo differs from the official one and was also taken by the news portal Andean during the 2018 municipal debate sponsored by the National Elections Jury (JNE), according to a reverse Google search.
Tweets about Castillo
An advanced search on Twitter, between November 1, 2021 and August 26, 2022, for the word “Castillo” within the original Urresti account showed 41 results that refer to the head of state, of which 22 attach a photo, nine record videos, 4 are quoted retweets and one tweet with a web link.
PeruCheck analyzed the results and found that there are 4 publications (1, two, 3, 4) that refer to the investigations of the Public Ministry against the president. The most recent tweet dates from January 4, 2022. There, Urresti shared a news item from Canal N about the opening of a Preliminary investigation President Castillo for the crimes of influence peddling, collusion and illegal sponsorship.
Also, there are at least four direct attacks (1, two, 3, 4) to Castillo’s mandate. “The crime of influence peddling committed by President Castillo, by his secretary Bruno Pacheco Castillo and the unimpeachable Minister of Defense cannot be overlooked. They have appointed an EP commanding general [Ejército peruano] ethically and morally disqualified”, reads his tweet dated November 8, 2021.
The viralized image of Daniel Urresti’s alleged tweet is false. PeruCheck found no records of the tweet attributed to the candidate for mayor of Metropolitan Lima by Podemos Peru. In addition, the origin of the hoax was identified, which corresponded to an apocryphal profile and was compared with the candidate’s official communication channels.
Fact-checking prepared by Randy Ortiz for the alliance PeruCheck.
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