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Influencers In Bali Facing Deportation For 'Painting On Face Mask' For Social Media Prank

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Two influencers are facing deportation after a social media stunt that saw them try to avoid Bali's strict face mask policy.

Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se uploaded a video of them strolling through a store in the Indonesian tourist hotspot. While it appeared that the two were wearing a surgical mask in line with Bali’s mask requirement, it turned out that Leila had actually put on some blue paint on her face to make it look like as if she was wearing a mask.

While Se and Lin managed to get past the security guard, they filmed themselves giggling and laughing while scrolling through the aisles. This caught the attention of some customers who filmed their act and uploaded a video on social media.

Unfortunately, the video enticed the attention of the Immigration Department, who seized their passports, and now the tourists are being deported back to Russia.

I Putu Surya Dharma, a spokesperson from the regional office for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers would be questioning the influencers. He said, "After that, they will be examined together with Immigration to take the decision on whether or not to deport them."

Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharma, the head of Bali Civil Service Police, said the agency planned to issue a letter that recommended deportation as Josh and Leia's actions violated the expected behavior. He said, "They are not only violating, but deliberately provoking in public, so it's only proper to sanction them more severely, not just with a fine but also deportation."

The influencers have since issued an apology on social media, suggesting that they were simply ‘trying to entertain people.