Huffington Post Retracts Article After Realizing Author May Not Exist

Gullible Huffington Post Falls for Hoax Article Calling for White Men to be Stripped of Voting Rights

Gullible Huffington Post Falls for Hoax Article Calling for White Men to be Stripped of Voting Rights

The blog was subsequently taken down on 15 April when Huffington Post South Africa couldn't confirm the veracity of the source.

"Responsible journalism is at the heart of what we do, it's the currency we trade in", she said.

Dismantling the patriarchal systems that have brought us to where we are today, a world where power is wielded to risky and destructive ends by men, and in particular white men, necessarily means a loss of power to those who hold it.

A blog post published Thursday on the Huffington Post's South African version of the site advocated stripping white men of their right to vote.

"The blog submission from an individual who called herself Shelley Garland, who claimed to be an MA student at UCT, can not be traced and appears not to exist", Pillay wrote Saturday.

Huffington Post South Africa took Garland's blog down after Cape Town-based writer Laura Twiggs began questioning the authenticity of the writer.

Tweeting Garland‚ Twiggs found more holes in the author's story.

Having deprived white men of the franchise, Garland stated, it would then be possible to deprive them of their illegitimately acquired property and possessions, and punish them for the crimes they had committed over the past five hundred years.

"As a company we make an enormous investment to ensure quality journalism‚ precisely because we know that trust is non-negotiable".

Huffpost SA later took down the column and editor Verashni Pillay wrote that "We have done this because the blog submission from an individual who called herself Shelley Garland, who claimed to be an MA student at UCT, can not be traced and appears not to exist". "In this environment we should definitely start doing identity checks‚" she said.

The Democratic Alliance's John Steenhuisen joined the conversation‚ calling for Pillay's resignation.

"I think that the credibility of Huffington Post has been completely undermined by this. Verashni herself wrote a piece a little while ago about the importance of fact-checking in the modern news era and she hasn't held herself to her own standards‚" he told Brown.

Despite Pillay's defense of the article, it was removed the same day following the discovery that "Shelley Garland", the alleged author of the original piece, didn't actually exist.

Last year‚ as editor of the Mail & Guardian‚ Pillay apologised for the publication of a story suggesting that DA leader Mmusi Maimane was taking lessons from FW de Klerk.

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