A Vietnamese -Australian man admitted he made up “Phuc Dat Bich” as his name on Facebook after a week of insisting it was his real name.
The name, with real name Tin Le, initially posted an image of his passport after Facebook banned him several times for not using his real name.
He said the name was supposed to be pronounced as “Phoo Da Bi” in a Vietnamese tonal language.
He said on his Facebook post that the tech giant was discriminating against him because of his Asian name, shutting down his account multiple times. The post earned more than 134,000 likes and 72,000 shares.
Two months later, the 23-year-old man said Phuc Dat Bich was a hoax, intending “ to fool the news media and highlight shortcomings of Facebook’s ‘real name’ policy,” according to an article.
In his mea culpa on his Facebook post, he said the new policy just “legitimizes a place where there will always be pranksters and tricksters.”
Further, he said journalists will just use this to gain popularity and twist news, masking the truth; who could have thought an average joe like him can be a news source, he added.
His posts started discussions among journalists and media outlets regarding credibility of the information they produced and as an institution.