Tuesday 20 August 2019

'Phuc Dat Bich' story was a hoax all along


Emma Clark

The infamous 'Phuc Dat Bich' Facebook profile that gained attention in recent weeks was a hoax all along. That's not his real name, he has revealed.

The story had it all: an amusing name to the English-speaking world and an act of censorship by a social media site. But it turns out that the ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ story was a ruse.

The Australian man took to Facebook once again, this time to admit that the whole incident was a joke. “Do you remember the story; The boy who cried wolf? Imagine that boy grew up into a mischievous man with 21st century technology at his finger tips,” he wrote.

The man went on to discredit the credibility of the media and make a point of telling Facebook that it’s “utterly impossible to legitimise a place where there will always be pranksters and tricksters.”

The incident began in January with the now infamous post that “Phuc Dat Bich” was offended that Facebook would close his account and force him to change his name. He wrote that he had been accused of using a false and misleading name before attaching a photo of a passport that showed his name as “Phuc Dat Bich.”

After the post gained traction on social media and on news sites, he posted a message thanking those who had been supportive of him.

But the whole thing was, in his words, “a prank that made a fool out of the media and brought out the best in the people who reached out to me.” As if we needed more of a reason to be cynical and suspicious on the internet.

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