No, Instagram and Facebook did not remove the verification of Nicolas Maduro’s accounts

Published on 25/01/2019 at 06:58

Several news organizations and individuals, in multiple languages, claimed that Facebook and Instagram had "unverified" Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's accounts on January 23 and given "verified" check marks to those of National Assembly head Juan Guaido, after he declared himself interim president of the oil-rich but economically devastated country. This is false: Maduro was never certified on those platforms, and Guaido was already certified before Wednesday, according to an AFP investigation confirmed by an Instagram spokesperson.