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02.03.2021 Social News

Fact Check: Michael Essien loses about 1 million followers on Twitter after LGBTQI+ comment false

Fact Check: Michael Essien loses about 1 million followers on Twitter after LGBTQI+ comment false
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Claim: Michael Essien loses about 1 million followers on Twitter

Source: Multiple online reports

Verdict: False

Researched by Rabiu Alhassan

Multiple online reports ( here , here , here and here ) claim Ghanaian football icon, Michael Essien has lost between 500,000 and a million followers on Twitter , less than 24 hours after declaring support for the LGBTQI+ community in the country.

The former Black Stars midfielder in an Instagram post said: “We see you, we hear you, we support you. Our LGBTQIA plus community in Ghana,” and this has generated a whirlwind of social media buzz, with Michael Essien featuring in the top trends on Twitter in Ghana.

Fact-check

The widely shared claim that Michael Essien has lost between 500,000 and a million followers on Twitter in less than 24 hours is false, available data from socialbakers , a global AI-powered social media marketing company shows.

One can also verify Michael Essien’s Twitter followers evolution here .

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Instagram post deleted?

Meanwhile, the former Chelsea star has deleted the Instagram post supporting gay rights in Ghana after massive public backlash on social media.

Background

The LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual trans, queer, intersex) community has been in the public eye in the last few weeks after public pressure led to the forced closure of a newly opened administrative office for the group.

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in reacting to the controversy that is dominating media attention has reiterated that same-sex marriage will not be legalized during his presidency after several religious leaders denounced their activities in the West African nation.

This notwithstanding the group has enjoyed support from some artistes and social media activists in Ghana, with a recent show of support coming from some of Britain’s most prominent people of Ghanaian heritage after they signed an open letter to show solidarity with the LGBTQI+ community.

Verdict

The claim that Michael Essien has lost between 500,000 and a million followers on Twitter in less than 24 hours is false.

---GhanaFact

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