Meet The Troll Behind (Or Not Behind) The North Korean Dog Execution Hoax
1. Last week, Western media began circulating rumors that Kim Jong Un might’ve fed his uncle to dogs. They cited Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po newspaper, which broke the story on Dec. 12.
2. The Wen Wei Po story based the claim on a single post by @choiseungho000 on TenCent, a Twitter-like microblogging site.
3. But on Jan. 4, blogger Trevor Powell noted that ChoiSeungHo is also one of China’s most popular internet trolls.
Choi has 2 million followers on Sina Weibo (TenCent’s rival site). Online, he poses as a naively patriotic cub reporter from Pyongyang. His true identity, though, is a mystery to most people in China, and readers don’t often know how to gauge his seriousness.
Here are talk show hosts discussing Choi’s online notoriety on China’ iFeng Channel.
5. And to complicate matters, Choi posted on Sina Weibo on Monday denying ever creating a TenCent account.
Sina Weibo and TenCen Weibo are two different websites. They’re rival media platforms, really.
6. He also posted this today:
7. A typical post by Choi looks about as serious as this:
So in the end, Western reports that Kim Jong Un fed his uncle to dogs mostly relied on a faulty Hong Kong article based on a tweet by an imposter pretending to be a Chinese internet troll. China is now not the only country to believe a troll’s account of Kim Jong Un.