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Facebook user ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ turns out to be a hoax

The story of “Phuc Dat Bich” first emerged on social media earlier this week and was picked up by several news outlets

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The story of a man who posted a photograph of his passport to prove to Facebook that he was indeed using his name turned out to be a hoax.

The story of “Phuc Dat Bich” first emerged on social media earlier this week and was picked up by several news outlets including the BBC, The Independent, and this website.

Social media users rallied and laughed with a man who identified himself as “Phuc Dat Bich,” which is an expletive phrase when read phonetically in the English language.

“People should be free to use any name they desire,” Bich said in a status update about Facebook’s real-name policy applied on its platform.

“Facebook needs to understand that it is utterly impossible to legitimize a place where there will always be pranksters and tricksters,” he added.

The man, believed to be an Australian national, had posted a photograph of what he said was his passport, which identified him as “Phuc Dat Bich,” prompting many news outlets, including Al Arabiya News, to run the story.

But on Wednesday the prank was revealed as the man, whose real identity remains unknown, published a diatribe condemning the media and its credibility.

“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,” he said.

“I just want those who are reading this to take a step back and reflect what the media have claimed about me…It goes to show that an average joe like myself can con the biggest news sources with ease,” the post, signed by Joe Carr (or joker), read.