Pope’s Instagram Account Liking Brazilian Model ‘Probed’
The Vatican was set to probe into an incident where the pope’s official Instagram account liked a photo of a scantily clad Brazilian model.
Media outlets began reporting the move last Friday before the official account which has 7.4 million followers unliked the image of Natalia Garibotto. The model was then clad in a school uniform outfit on the platform.
“As far as we know the ‘like’ did not come from the Holy See,” the Papal Press Office told the BBC. It said the Vatican was working with Instagram to unearth where it came from.
According to the Catholic News Agency, close sources said that the accounts were managed by a team of employees. An internal investigation was now underway.
In a Twitter post, Garibotto—who has 2.4 million followers and also an online streamer of the gaming website Twitch—told an Instagram follower that she was excited about the like because she was “religious.”
“At least I’m going to heaven,” she said.
Garibotto’s management company COY Co made the most of the publicity when it reposted the image of the like on its own Instagram account on Friday saying it had received “the pope’s official blessing.”
Over on Twitter, the pope is followed by 18.8 million accounts.
In 2017, he was the most popular world leader on the social media platform.
Catholic daily newspaper La Croix Rome-based editor Robert Mickens said that the pope was unlike United States President Donald Trump as he does not sit around using his phone or computer to tweet all day long.
“He does, for example, approve the tweets—but not the likes—and on very rare occasions he has said he would like to tweet something because of a developing situation or emergency,” Mickens said.
“So he would have nothing to do with this—it’s the communications department, and how this happens … who knows,” he added.
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