‘Phuc Dat Bich’: man says he created name hoax to fool media and Facebook
Claims that Vietnamese man with an Australian passport in the name ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ had been discriminated against by Facebook were false
A man who claimed that Facebook discriminated against him because of his name, attracting global media attention, has announced that it was a hoax.
In January, a man posted to Facebook a screenshot of an Australian passport that appeared to show his full legal name was Phuc Dat Bich, claiming that he had been accused of “using a false and misleading name” and had his account shut down multiple times.
The post went viral in mid-November. Media including the Sydney Morning Herald, news.com.au, SBS, BBC.com, the Herald Sun and 9news.com.au, and news organisations in India, Argentina and other countries – reported the story, though Phuc Dat Bich gave no interviews.
Not one journalist had got confirmation that “Phuc Dat Bich” was indeed his name.
The headline on the Fairfax media story on Saturday was “Phuc Dat Bich, the Australian man with a name so awkward no one believes him”.
It contained the line “The Age approached Phuc Dat Bich for comment” but the journalist had no proof the story was true.
Suspicions were aroused by technology publisher and journalist Trevor Long who wrote this prescient post on his website EFTM examining the evidence and concluding it was probably fake.
“What is the evidence?” Long asked. “His passport. Not that a journalist from any of the above organisation have sighted his passport – that he posted a photo of his passport on Facebook.
Before the admission that was the name a hoax, Huy Luu, a qualified Vietnamese teacher and senior staff member at the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association, told Guardian Australia: “This is the first time in my entire life to learn that a Vietnamese person could have his or her family name as ‘Bich’,” he wrote. “His ‘full name’ is all middle name(s) and or first name(s).
Submitted November 30, 2015 at 03:01AM by jpflathead
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