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Company debunks conspiracy theory that its server showed a landslide for Trump

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An elections security company has had to pour cold water on conspiracy theories about it and the 2020 Presidential election that have been circulated about it by right-wing media and a Republican congressman.

New York (CNN Business)An elections security company has had to pour cold water on conspiracy theories about it and the 2020 Presidential election that have been circulated about it by right-wing media and a Republican congressman.

As President Donald Trump's allies attempt to attack the integrity of the election, some prominent right-wing figures and websites have homed in on the company, Scytl, because of the products it provided to some US clients.

But the basic idea of the most extreme belief around this theory is this: The US Army or maybe the intelligence community raided (there was no raid) the Frankfurt, Germany offices of a company (that has no Frankfurt offices) that tallies all votes in US elections (it does not do any tallying of votes, much less conduct any official tally of all votes in the US, which no single company does).

Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, gave a major boost to the baseless conspiracy theory during a Thursday interview on Newsmax, the right-wing television channel that has been aggressively promoting the false notion that Trump really won the election.

Gohmert said during the interview he was "told there was a tweet in German" that indicated Scytl had been raided.

Gohmert's comments were picked up in right-wing media, with websites like The Gateway Pundit posting about them and adding new elements to the conspiracy theory.

An article on The Gateway Pundit, for instance, claimed that Scytl's systems are "vulnerable to electronic manipulations" and that the company had connections to George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who is often portrayed as a boogeyman by right-wing media.

In a lengthy statement posted on its website, Scytl said it has no offices in Frankfurt and added that the US Army "has not seized anything" from it.

Scytl went on to debunk other elements included in different strains of the conspiracy theory, saying it has "no ties with Russia" and is "not owned by George Soros" and has "never been connected to him. "

Scytl is a company that bills itself as the "worldwide leader in secure electronic voting, election management and election modernization solutions. " It provides products that help increase security and transparency around elections.

After Scytl released its statement, The Gateway Pundit updated its story's headline to include a line that said, "Company refutes claims?" The top of the story was also updated to include a similar line.

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