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Correa’s Social-Media Troll Center Exposed in Quito
« on: March 26, 2015, 16:33:15 PM »
Correa’s Social-Media Troll Center Exposed in Quito

Lucrative Contracts to Shout Down Detractors at Taxpayer Expense


An investigation released on Tuesday, March 24, by Fundación Mil Hojas has revealed one of the alleged social-media troll centers of the Citizen Revolution in Ecuador.+

The report unveils previously unpublished images of Ribeney SA, an office located in an exclusive business district in Quito, decorated with photographs and poster images of President Rafael Correa and Che Guevara. According to Mil Hojas, Ribeney employees operate multiple social-media accounts dedicated to monitoring and attacking the Ecuadorian opposition.+

A photograph released by Foundación Mil Hojas of the office of Ribeney SA shows alleged social-media trolls hard at work for President Correa. (Fundación Mil Hojas)

According to the Companies Registry of Quito, Ribeney has two shareholders: Carlos Venegas Quiñonez and his son, Carlos Venegas Chamorro. It started operations in August 2013, with an initial capital of less than US$1,000.+

Jairo Vera Lino is listed as the general manager of the business. According to information provided by the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS), Vera’s previous work experience includes time as a farm laborer in the province of Manabí.+

Moreover, the company signed a 90-day contract in November 2013 with the Ministry of Strategic Sectorsworth over $200,000 to design a strategic media campaign to help strengthen oil exploration in the country.+

The address of Ribeney’s headquarters in Quito matches the address registered by the company Medaglia SA, where Venegas Chamorro is also a shareholder.+

According to the Superintendency of Companies, Medaglia was incorporated in January 2011, and is managed by Raúl Ernst Edwards. It was initially registered with the same address of two other advertising agencies connected to the government, Percrea and Ximah Digital.+
Percrea is managed by Carlos Alvarado, brother of Fernando and Vinicio Alvarado, both senior government officials. In addition, Mil Hojas reports it was former employees of Percrea that initially formed Ximah.