Hoax blog writer says he “never meant to hurt anyone”; explains how he created Amina Arraf following repeated failed attempts to write fiction.
The author who duped legions of online fans into believing he was a lesbian dissident kidnapped by the Assad regime in Damascus, issued a gushing apology on Monday for what he called “a hoax that got way out of hand.”
Readers and reporters started asking questions about Arraf, and it quickly emerged that no one could confirm having ever met her in person. Additionally, it was determined that the picture of her posted on the blog and her Facebook page was actually stolen from the Facebook account of a London woman, named Jelena Lecic.
The audience for “A Gay Girl in Damascus” – which dealt with the fictional Arraf’s travails as a 35-year-old Syrian- American lesbian living in revolutionary Syria – continued to grow until last week.
Than an entry on the site written by a woman purporting to be a cousin of Arraf’s, Rania O. Islam, said the blogger was seized by state security officers in Damascus and had disappeared.
At this point, the story truly spun out of control, and Mac- Master’s blog became the subject of widespread media scrutiny.
On Monday, MacMaster directed a personal apology to Lecic, and others who he said were “hurt deeply by me,” adding that each of them “is more than entitled to hit me.”
Source: Jerusalem Post
It is amazing how a stolen ID of Facebook can create a story that is distributed globally.
Not so strange.
Today, “everyone” is on Facebook and twitter. And few if anybody question the correctness of the story published by “someone” nobody knows.
The global distribution of this lie accelerated because the serious UK Newspaper The Guardian published the story. The Journalist must just have copied what He found on the internet, nor checking the story.
All Glory to Facebook and Twitter.
Did you know than electronic ID theft is the fastest rising crime on the face of the Earth?
Written by Ivar