A Reddit user whose story of dramatically finding out her fiance was actually her half-brother went viral yesterday has taken the whole thing back, saying it was a hoax designed to expose how the media shamelessly rips and repurposes anonymous Reddit posts with no attempts at verification.

Outlets to pick up Reddit user Oopscest's post yesterday included news.com.au (from where it was republished on the Herald Sun), the Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan and UPROXX.