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Facebook and Instagram, under US influence, removed the verification mark from Maduro’s accounts

Summary of Disinformation

Facebook and Instagram are acting illegally under Washington’s influence. After Trump’ statement about Nicolas Maduro, they removed the verification mark from Maduro’s accounts, without any justification.


Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about US and social media.

Facebook's blue verification badge lets people know that a Page or profile of public interest is authentic. According to Facebook, it is applicable to "eligible brands, media organizations and public figures". There are few steps to be taken in order to get it.

Instagram is owned by Facebook since 2012. According to an Instagram spokeswoman, "Nicolas Maduro was not verified on Instagram or Facebook, and we did not remove verification from his account".

Further debunking by AFP and The Insider.

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Reported in: Issue 134
Date: 24.01.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Venezuela, US
Keywords: Nicolas Maduro, Facebook
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: RIA Novosti
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