Teen Behind $72M Stock Trading Hoax Accuses Journalist of Pressuring Him to Lie
New York high schooler Mohammad Islam, who achieved internet fame for claiming to have made the literally unbelievable amount of $72 million trading stocks during his lunch breaks, has never even traded any real stocks before.
Of course, part of the blame falls on the journalist behind his New York Magazine profile, Jessica Pressler, for failing to fact check a story that must have been screaming “bullshit” in her face.
In a video released today, Islam accuses Pressler of having put him under pressure to be someone who he was not. “I gave in to her pressures,” he explains in his formal video apology seen below.
New York Magazine also issued their own apology for the debacle:
No one will ever let this kid live this down. What’s the lesson? If you are going to lie, at least make it believable. But hey, any viral story has the potential to make money, so the joke might really be on us.