An alleged failed attempt at satire has landed a Hong Kong-based hedge fund manager in hot water after a video showing him appearing to lick his finger and wipe it on a handrail went viral.
Professional hedge fund manager and apparent part-time comedian, Joel Werner, claims the stunt was intended to draw attention to the scourge of fake news.
Werner claims he decided to pull the prank after seeing a video which went viral on Chinese social media purporting to show an American soldier spreading the virus on a subway car in Wuhan, at the heart of a popular conspiracy theory doing the rounds on social media. He later issued a public apology but the damage to his reputation, and that of his company has already been done.
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