Friday, January 2, 2009 hoax origins: Kiira Triea sockpuppet “Deni”

Ten years ago, Kiira Triea, aka Denise Tree, began dabbling in the sockpuppetry that would culminate in the hoax site. was a successful enough hoax to be published as legitimate in textbooks and peer-reviewed journals by gullible academics like Alice Dreger, J. Michael Bailey, and Simon LeVay who didn’t bother to do any independent confirmation. Denise Tree said things these “scholars” wanted to hear, and sadly, there’s really no consequence for this sort of substandard fact-checking these days.

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