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Finstas, Explained: Everything to Know About the RHOSLC Social Media Drama (UPDATED)

What is a finsta and why does The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast keep talking about them? Get all the answers.

UPDATED (November 10, 10:59 A.M.): Whitney Rose weighed in on the finsta drama during a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, revealing that she "absolutely" believes Angie H. knew that her husband Chris made the fake Instagram account. Angie, meanwhile, has continued to deny this.

The original story continues below.

There's no shortage of made-up words and phrases in the Real Housewives canon — from "satchels of gold" to "Gone With the Wind fabulous" — but "finsta" is not one that originated on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, despite the cast repeatedly using the term on the November 2 episode.

What Is a "finsta"?

The word is short for "fake Instagram," which more or less tells you exactly what it means. But for more context, The New York Times described "finsta" as "a term many users ascribe to secondary accounts they create for themselves on Instagram, where their identities — and, often, the content of their posts — are obscured to all but a small, carefully chosen group of followers."

Why Is the RHOSLC Cast Talking About Finstas?

The finsta in question on RHOSLC belonged to Angie Harrington's husband, Chris. He fessed up to creating the fake account to counter Angie being "attacked in the media." Added Chris, "A lot of it felt like it was coming from Lisa [Barlow]."

So, Lisa became the subject of one of Chris' negative Instagram comments. Lisa wasn't the only one affected, though — Chris named the finsta "Shah Xposed" in reference to Jen Shah, leaving her upset as well.

Lisa Barlow Calls Angie Harrington a "Pathological Liar" over Cheating Rumors

There's no telling where the finsta drama is headed, but in a sneak peek of next week's episode, Angie Katsanevas can be seen confronting Angie H. over the account. 

"I like everybody. I wanted to like you and I want to give you a chance," Angie K. tells her, "but I also think if you're going to talk behind Lisa's back then don't go up to her, and don't go try to be her friend and don't try and hug her. It's fake."

She continues, "You opened up fake accounts with your spouse and go and criticize them on social media and you know that you did that. And Lisa is done with that."

Angie H. insists that she wasn't involved in the creation of Chris' finsta, but Angie K. and Jen aren't buying it. As Angie K. puts it in a confessional, "She's lying. She liked a comment that was posted within like 30 seconds. You were involved 100 percent."

Watch the full sneak peek above.

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