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Fake News: Kylie Jenner's Ex Tyga Is NOT The Face Behind the Famous Egg Instagram Account

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:37:49 Z)

Is Tyga the person behind the famous egg instagram account that made headlines last week for beating Kylie Jenner's record for the most liked Instagram photo ever? No, that's not true, the story was made up by a "fauxtire" website for entertainment purposes.

The story originated from an article published on January 17, 2019 titled "Kylie Jenner's Ex Tyga is the Face Behind the Famous Egg Instagram Account" (archived here) which opened:

Calabasas, California -- By now, everyone has heard about the infamous Egg Account on Instagram that beat out Kylie Jenner for most liked Instagram photo. But did you know the face behind the account is her ex Tyga? "I was super heartbroken when our relationship tanked," Tyga said. "But I knew the only way to ...

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Kylie Jenner's Ex Tyga is the Face Behind the Famous Egg Instagram Account

Calabasas, California -- By now, everyone has heard about the infamous Egg Account on Instagram that beat out Kylie Jenner for most liked Instagram photo. But did you know the face behind the account is her ex Tyga? "I was super heartbroken when our relationship tanked," Tyga said. "But I knew the only way to ...

This is the famous egg post in question:

And here is CNN's report on the record:

Meet the egg that broke Kylie Jenner's Instagram record

An egg just got over easy on Instagram.

But as of the time of publishing nobody really knows who is behind the account. Huzler's reveal is just a joke: it styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:

Huzlers.com is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes huzlers.com as:

A self-described satire website that publishes false stories on urban culture and celebrities that have often been mistaken for real news.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

We wrote about huzlers.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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