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Facebook's Phuc Dat Bich was a hoax admits Australian man

Published 25/11/2015

Hoax: The 'Phuc Dat Bich' passport photo that was shared widely online
Hoax: The 'Phuc Dat Bich' passport photo that was shared widely online

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 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.

"Mr Bich" said on Facebook his real name was "Joe Carr" (Jo-ker?). He said the incident gave encouragement to people with "truly interesting and idiosyncratic names".

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