Ertugrul actor did not call Imran Khan to show his support
Tweets about political turmoil in Pakistan wrongly attributed to actor Engin Altan
Claim: Turkish actor Engin Altan Düzyatan wrote in a tweet that he had called ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan and expressed his support for him in light of recent political developments. According to the tweet, Altan told Khan he is a great leader.
Fact: Claims that Düzyatan wrote the tweet in question are false and misleading. The account that shared the tweet is not the official account of Turkey’s star actor but in fact, appears to be impersonating Düzyatan.
On 6 April 2022, Soch Fact Check received the link to a Facebook image that allegedly depicted a screenshot of a tweet by Turkish actor Engin Altan Düzyatan, known for playing the role of Ertugrul in the famed Turkish series by the same name. In the tweet, Düzyatan expresses support for Khan, who was later ousted through a no-confidence motion on 9 April 2022.
Fact or Fiction?
The post in question attributes a tweet to Düzyatan in which the Turkish actor claims that he called up Khan on 4 April and congratulated him for being a great leader and game-changer, referring to Khan’s decision to dissolve the national assembly on April 3, 2022 to avoid the passing of the no-confidence motion against him.
Soch Fact Check found the post to be false and misleading. Düzyatan’s personal Twitter has not been active since January 2022. The tweet also was also written in English, whereas Turkish actors typically write in Turkish on their social media platforms.
To investigate the matter, Soch Fact Check checked the verified Facebook and Instagram accounts of the actor but could not find anything related to the tweet or any post mentioning Imran Khan. The actor’s official website also does not point to any account with the username @enginaltandu, the username of the account responsible for the tweet. Instead, an inactive account with the username @eadksk is listed as Düzyatan’s Twitter account.
The Twitter account responsible for the tweet claims to be the official account of the Turkish actor but this is not true. New tweets by the same account suggest it is run by a Pakistani as most of the posts are related to Pakistani politics and Imran Khan.
Soch Fact Check tried contacting Düzyatan through an email address provided on his website but had not received any response at the time of publishing.
A CrowdTangle analysis showed that the text in the image turned up in 4 public posts on Facebook, garnering 900 interactions.
In addition, a related post shared by Facebook page Go Corruption Go received 80,000 likes, 2,400 comments, and 9,500 shares between 6 and 14 April 2022. The image was also shared in posts here, here, here, and here.
On Twitter, the false tweet received 2,000 likes, 360 retweets, and 90 comments.
Conclusion: An account impersonating Turkish actor Engin Altan Düzyatan wrote a tweet in support of former prime minister Imran Khan. In fact, the actor has not been active on Twitter since January 2022 and has not posted anything mentioning Khan. The tweets and posts claiming otherwise are false and misleading.