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Two influencers face possible deportation from Bali after a viral fake-mask prank video

Influencers identified as Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se are facing deportation from Bali, Indonesia, after their mask-prank video drew ire.

Two influencers face possible deportation from Bali, Indonesia, after a viral mask-stunt video in which one of them entered a supermarket with face paint resembling a face mask, violating local masking laws in the process, CNN reported.

The influencers are Josh Paler Lin, a YouTuber with over 3 million subscribers, and Leia Se — also known as Lisha — who has over 25,000 followers on Instagram. In the video, Se attempted to enter a grocery store without a mask and was turned away, CNN reported. When she returned with a fake mask painted onto her face, she was allowed entry.

Per screenshots circulated by the fashion designer and politician Niluh Djelantik on Instagram, the video appeared to have been originally posted to Lin's Facebook page to a playlist titled "Facebook Exclusive Pranks!!" CNN reported that it was originally posted on April 22 before it went viral. It appears to have since been deleted, but has been uploaded to other locations.

Local news outlet Coconuts Bali reported that Indonesian immigration confirmed that the passports of the influencers involved in the prank have been seized as authorities consider deportation. Authorities identified Lin as a Taiwanese national and Se as a Russian national, the report said.

Requests for comment sent to Lin's business email address and the Instagram account that appeared to belong to Se were not immediately returned.

The pair appeared in an apology video posted on Lin's Instagram account on April 24 alongside their legal team. A legal representative said that they were following the "applicable legal process" and encouraged others to obey mask rules.

"The intention to make this video was not at all to disrespect or to invite everyone to not wear mask. I made this video to entertain people because I am a content creator and it is my job to entertain people," Lin said in the video, which is subtitled in both English and Indonesian, CNN reported. "However, I did not realize that what I did could actually bring a lot of negative comment from the netizen and that it raise a lot of concerns.

"Once again we want to apologize for what we did and we promise not to do it again. I would like to invite everyone in Indonesia and Bali to always wear mask for our own safety and health. So we can help Bali to gain its tourism again," Lin said in the video.

Coconuts Bali reported in March that foreign tourists were subject to a fine in the amount of 1 million Indonesian rupiahs ($69.44) on their first offense for not wearing a mask. On the second, they could be subject to deportation from Indonesia. In January, Insider's Rachel Hosie reported that tourists were being forced to do push-ups in Bali for not wearing a mask if they were unable to pay a fine.


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