Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 17, 2020 / 18:00 pm
The Vatican is investigating usage of the papal Instagram account after Pope Francis' official page liked a racy picture of a scantily-clad model.
The picture "liked" by Pope Francis' verified account, Franciscus, features Brazilian model and Twitch streamer Natalia Garibotto wearing a lingerie outfit that resembles a school uniform. Garibotto's mostly-uncovered posterior is visible in the picture. The exact time of the "like" is unclear, but it was visible and reported by news outlets on November 13.
The photograph was unliked on November 14, after CNA asked the Holy See Press Office for comment. An official for the Holy See Press Office declined to comment on the event.
Sources close to the Vatican press office confirmed to CNA that the pope's various social media accounts are managed by a team of employees, and that an internal investigation is underway to determine how the "like" happened.