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Max Verstappen and Kelly Piquet make emotional appeal over fake news

Max Verstappen and Kelly Piquet have shared an emotional message on Instagram. Verstappen's girlfriend shared a message in which she stressed to think about the consequences of spreading lies and inciting hatred.

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Max Verstappen and Kelly Piquet made an appeal on Instagram Tuesday night about fake news. What prompted this post is not clear, although the two give an opening for what the trigger might be.

Piquet on Instagram:

“A note from me and a gentle reminder to all...The online world can be a wonderful place for various reasons, but a very scary one when wrong information and lies are thrown around. 

“I am unsure of the appropriate approach to address hate stemming from falsehoods. I have considered composing a response and letting it stand. 

“For over 3 year I've been navigating a very strange and upsetting wave of accusations, rumours, fabricated situations, fake testimonials, photoshopped screenshots... you name it. All the while staying silent and not playing into these ridiculous claims.

“Accusations made in the past months especially have taken on another level of defamation. Those who know me know that I would never put myself in such positions, say certain things or act in such a way.

“I am far from perfect, but I do take pride in my values, morals and manner. Let that be clear.

“As a human being, the comments and hate affect me and the people around me deeply. I hop this serves as a reminder for people to verify online content before makeing threats.

“I hope those of you who have contributed to this take a moment to reflect on the real-life consequences of spreading lies and engaging in hate.

“Remember, as James Clear says, 'Every action we take is a vote for who we want to be'. Let's choose the better humans to ourselves and others.”

Max Verstappen responded to Kelly's message with a strong statement:

“This has to stop. These false accusations by certain individuals on Instagram and TikTok are insane an ridiculous at the same time. Hate has no place in this world. We know what's true within our family and we are very happy together. I love you.”

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