Anwar Ibrahim’s Facebook Alibi

A video has emerged purportedly showing Anwar Ibrahim having sex with a Chinese prostitute. The time shown on the video was from 10.21pm to 10.45pm on February 21, 2011. As part of his alibi, Anwar has cited several posts from his Facebook account timestamped between 10.40pm to  11.08pm the same night.
Facebook Feb 21, 10.40pm
The first thing to note is the phrase “via Selective Tweets” attached to these posts. What this means is that these posts were actually Twitter tweets that were automatically updated to Facebook by the Selective Tweets application. Indeed, for the Facebook post timestamped 10.40pm above, below is the corresponding tweet on Twitter:
Twitter feb 21
However there is a problem. The timestamp on Twitter shows that the message was tweeted at 11.39pm, almost an hour after it was supposed to have appeared on Facebook. If the message had originated from Twitter, how could it have appeared on Facebook long before Twitter itself. One of these timestamps must have been wrong. The question is which one?

Shown below is another of Anwar’s tweets that was automatically posted by Selective Tweets on Facebook, this time from March 13th. This time there wasn’t a 1 hour difference in the Twitter and Facebook timestamps. In fact, for all of his posts after March 13th, there was no discrepancy in the Twitter and Facebook timestamps.

Facebook 13 MarchTwitter March 13

On the other hand, all his posts before March 13th do show the 1 hour discrepancy. Below is another one from March 12th.
Facebook Mar 12Twitter Mar 12
This means that on March 13, either the time on Twitter was moved backward by 1 hour or the time on Facebook was moved forward by 1 hour. Actually, what happened on March 13th was that all clocks in the United States were moved forward by 1 hour in observance of Daylight Saving Time. Therefore, we can safely assume that it was the time on Facebook that had been moved forward (It doesn’t make sense that Twitter would move their time backward when everyone else in the US was doing the opposite).

Since Malaysia does not observe Daylight Saving Time AND the time on Facebook was moved forward by 1 hour after March 13th AND timestamps on Facebook after March 13th are correct (because they are now in sync with Twitter and it is unlikely that both are wrong), it can only mean that the time on Facebook before March 13th was wrong and was behind by 1 hour. That would also mean that Anwar was not actively posting on Facebook at the time the video was recorded.

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3 Responses to “Anwar Ibrahim’s Facebook Alibi”

  1. wau janak Says:

    very good and clear explanation. i was in very confused before but after read this post, now it very clear that timestamps in twitter is exactly the real time in malaysia,
    esp after read this;
    (It doesn’t make sense that Twitter would move their time backward when everyone else in the US was doing the opposite).

    thank you.

    • oik65 Says:

      Thank you for your comment. You’d be glad to know that you are the very first person to have commented on my blog!

      Actually what you quoted doesn’t really prove that the Twitter time is correct, just that they’d be really stupid if they did it. Anyway, please check my latest posting for a better explanation.

  2. biztoone Says:

    this make sense!

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