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
In the original, since-deleted post, Oopscest elaborated on her relationship: its humble beginnings, their dysfunctional upbringing and that their wedding is to take place in six weeks -- only to find that the fathers they’d grown up with and without were one and the same.
“I'm betrayed. I'm disgusted. I'm hurt. I'm ashamed. I'm heartbroken. I don't know what to do. I've invested so much money into this wedding and much of it is non-refundable,” the original post stated.
That was enough for many outlets to make into a story, quoting extensively from the detailed and well-written account, even though it was posted anonymously on the social network.