As if the news that a number of Facebook pages had been created for totally fake Houston restaurants wasn’t bizarre enough, it now appears that the onslaught was a project of two University of Houston frat boys eyeing a career in digital marketing.
Thanks to some crack investigative reporting from the Houston Press’ Phaedra Cook and Craig Malisow, the pages were linked to Le Huu “Bop” Huynh and Pichoudam “Oh” Peou, both members of the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity at U of H.
Using LinkedIn, Facebook, and phone numbers connected to the fake pages, Cook and Malisow were also able to sniff out the motive behind the ruse: creating pages for a shady marketing company called WG Health Resources. According to Huynh’s LinkedIn profile, he alone was responsible for the creation of more than 60 Facebook pages in less than a month.
Both have denied their involvement, but the Press (and pretty much everyone else) remains skeptical.