The real and photoshopped images on Photoshop - Mohamed al-Sherif Facebook page
CAIRO – 27 March 2018: A picture of one of the thousands of banners across Egypt in support of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the election has been shared thousands of times since Monday. It is a family banner that "outs" one of its members as a non-supporter. However, the original Facebook user who shared it revealed it is photoshopped.
The photoshopped banner reads, “The family of al-Sherif, except for the disobedient Waleed al-Sherif, supports and pledges allegiance to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi with love for another presidential term. The Egyptian army is the armor and sword of the homeland.”
"The banner of the "disobedient family member, claimed Photoshopped - Mohamed A el-Sherif Facebook profile
The picture has been widely shared, that “Da Begad?” Facebook page, which has more than a million followers after building credibility by exposing photoshopped images and trumped up news that does not come from news websites, refuted the picture.
The page posted a picture of the same banner but from a different angle. This time it reads, “The family of Sennu, Haj Reda al-Haji Awad Sennu and Mr. Hamada al-Haj Awad Sennu and the family of Sennu supports and pledges allegiance to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for another presidential term. The Egyptian army is the armor and sword of the homeland.”
The "real" banner, a standard show of support to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - Da Begad? Facebook page
The post debunking the viral image has been shared far less, and people commented on it that it was a funny joke, regardless of whether or not the image is true. About a couple of hours later, the original maker of the photoshopped picture, Mohamed al-Sherif, revealed the truth. He was just trolling a family member named Waleed.
The latest post of Mohamed al-Sherif about the picture has been shared thousands of times in only an hour. His original post with the photoshopped picture did not make the viral reach, but other Facebook users took the image and posted them on different pages claiming it is real.
Meanwhile, the previously known as "disobedient Waleed" made a Facebook post with a picture of his inked finger, saying jokingly "they want to drive a wedge between us, Mr. President, I swear I voted for you."