A 23-year-old Australian claims he has fooled the world media by claiming in January that Facebook is discriminating against him and shutting down his account because of his Vietnamese name “Phuc Dat Bich.”
Tin Le as he now claims, has come out say he pulled the hoax to prove a point, and that he is not really Vietnamese but Australian.
The man in January posted the photo of his Australian passport to Facebook with the name Phuc Dat Bich, and he later claimed Facebook shut down his account a number of times because of a claim that his name was “false and misleading.”
Several media houses including the BBC, News.com.au, Sydney Morning Herald, SBS, 9news.com.au, and the Herald Sun among others in November ran with the story, and it generated a lot of buzz against Facebook for shutting down the account of an Australian man on account of his Vietnamese name.
None of the media houses ever sighted Phuc Dat Bich or spoke to him before running his story and making it to go viral.
And just on Wednesday the man posted on Facebook that he doctored the passport to fool the media by proving that they run unconfirmed stories, and that Facebook’s real-name policy can be faulted. “Facebook needs to understand that it is utterly impossible to legitimise a place where there will always be pranksters and tricksters,” the fellow wrote and signed it as “Joe Carr” to indicate “joker.”
And he is not done yet:
“What started as a joke between friends, became a prank that made a fool out of the media and brought out the best in the people who reached out to me. It didn’t bring out the anger and darkness that we often see on the internet, but it brought a levity and humanity in a time we need it most,” he wrote.
“Out of this ordeal I’ve concluded not to trust the credibility of the media, it’s twisted by the hungry journalists who mask the truth...It goes to show that an average joe like myself can con the biggest news sources with ease.”
Although he would not grant any interviews or verify his real name, he said is real name is Tin Le and he resides in Melbourne, adding that the media either have to believe now that is real name is Le and run his story or forget about it, saying he is already too tired with the hoax.
Only Trevor Long, a journalist entertained suspicions about the earlier claims of the young man and brushed it aside as probably a lie. “What is the evidence?” Long asked. “His passport. Not that a journalist from any of the above organization have sighted his passport – that he posted a photo of his passport on Facebook.
“My view is that the photo on Facebook is curious at best. I mean have a look at his name, the weight of the font on the passport page is entirely different to the rest of the page.”
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It now appears only Long was not fooled by the hoax, and he already saw through the lie without any media seeing it. Tin Le, or rather, Phuc Dat Bich, now confirms him to be correct.