Putu Surya Dharma, a spokesperson from the regional office for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said officers would be questioning the influencers... | 22 Words

The 2 influencers who staged a face mask prank in Bali are now facing potential deportation from Bali for their stupidity and recklessness...

Although the pair tried to wriggle out of the consequences by posting a half-hearted apology following a lot of criticism.

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Here's the full story...

Now, although face masks are mandatory in almost every public space in most countries...

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There are still people out there who refuse to follow suit and mask up to help protect others from COVID-19.

And to make things even worse, many find it humorous to not wear face masks...

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Which is what brings us to today's story.

2 social media influencers decided to perform a "face mask prank" in Bali earlier this month.

Josh Paler Lin, a YouTuber with over 3.4 million subscribers on the platform, and Leia Se, who has over 25,000 followers on Instagram, attempted to enter a Bali grocery store without a mask and was turned away, according to CNN.

Leia then returned to the store with a face mask painted on her face...

And she was granted entry, something of which the pair found highly amusing.

People were left shocked by their sheer stupidity...

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After the video went viral, it was confirmed the pair had their passports seized by officials in Bali.

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Josh is a Taiwanese national, while Leia is a Russian national.

Putu Surya Dharma, a spokesperson from the regional office for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said officers would be questioning the influencers...

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As per Coconuts Bali, he commented, "After that, they will be examined together with Immigration to take the decision on whether or not to deport them."

Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi, the head of Bali Civil Service Police, said the agency planned to deport the pair after their actions...

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He commented: "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."

Foreign nationals are ordered to pay IDR1 million ($68.76) the first time they are caught without masks...

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The second time is deportation, which is what the couple are currently facing.

Of course, upon learning the risk of deportation, the influencers were quick to issue a feeble apology.

Josh commented, "I did not realize that what I did could… raise a lot of concerns. Once again we want to apologize for what we did and we promise not to do it again."

The influencer went on to encourage those in Indonesia and Bali to "always wear a mask for our own safety and health [and] so we can help Bali to gain its tourism again."

This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.