pdbSeveral days ago, there were reports of a man by the name of Phuc Dat Bich who claims that Facebook would not allow him to use his real name. He even posted a passport photo as “proof” that it was his real name. This led to a bit of an outcry in which many news outlets were suggesting that maybe Facebook should revisit its name policy.

However it now turns out that it was all an elaborate hoax. The man whose real name is Tin Le claims that this was a joke that ended up being used to prank media outlets around the world. According to his Facebook post, “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. 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.” Interestingly enough, Le’s prank was actually shared in January earlier this year, but for some reason it was only recently that it started to pick up and go viral.

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