On December 16, the Administration of the President of Georgia applied to the Media Development Foundation (MDF) with a request to study the post published by Nika Gvaramia, founder of Mtavari Arkhi TV, on his personal Facebook page on December 11, and to respond to it within its powers and competence.
The President’s Administration believes that Nika Gvaramia’s Facebook post has personally and publicly insulted President Salome Zourabichvili, adding that it is an attempt to undermine the presidency as an institution.
"… Not only this post involves a personal and public insult by the director of a media outlet against the President of Georgia, but it also undermines one of the major state institutions – the presidency,” the appeal sent by the President’s Administration reads.
The Media Development Foundation has studied the appeal sent by the President’s Administration and we suppose that the issue goes beyond our powers and competence on Facebook. In September 2020, Myth Detector, MDF’s fact-checking and myth debunking platform, partnered up with Facebook to fight against misinformation in the framework of Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Program. Myth Detector identifies and addresses viral misinformation on Facebook. According to the program policies
, opinions voiced on this social media platform are not eligible to be fact-checked.
The Media Development Foundation has already responded to fake reports
about the President spread on the social media and even marked several posts
as false. Furthermore, we are ready to fact-check any information provided by the President or any citizen of Georgia that has gone viral and is harmful.