A middle-age live-streamer was caught catfishing her audience. A Chinese live-streamer named Qiaobiluo Dianxia was pretending to be a young attractive gamer to gain followers. However, she was revealed to be a 58-year-old mother when a computer glitch accidentally revealed her face, reports Kotaku. Despite this, she has gained more followers ever since her true identity was revealed.
Qiaobiluo Dianxia had amassed over 130,000 on DouYu, a Chinese live-streaming platform where fans donate money to gamers. To her fans, she looked like a young woman in her twenties. She posted pictures of “herself” to her social media account.
But whenever she streamed she would never show her face. Instead, the camera would be directed to her chest or she would use some kind of filter to hide her face.
Her fans wondered what she looked like but Dianxia told them some conditions had to be met before she revealed her face. According to Asia One, Dianxia offered to meet her followers in real life for 100,000 yuan ($19,900) and after she gained 100,000 more followers.
But that plan went out the window after a computer glitch forced her to reveal her face early.
Dianxia was doing a live-stream with fellow vlogger Qingzi last week. Qingzi’s face was revealed but Dianxia’s wasn’t. She hid behind a cartoon image.
During the stream, fans asked her to reveal her face. But Dianxia stuck to her guns. “I can’t show my face until I receive gifts worth 100,000 yuan,” she said. “After all, I’m a good-looking host.”
Fans showered her with gifts but that all changed when a computer glitch erased the cartoon image and revealed her face. She didn’t know at first and her co-host didn’t bring it up. However, she realized that the jig was up and she confessed that she was a 58-year-old mother of one.
This story went viral with many calling what she did fraud while others stated that other women use all kinds of filters and make-up. The good news is that since the incident, Dianxia actually gained a lot more followers after her story went viral. The middle-aged Chinese live-streamer has been nicknamed “granny” and has amassed over 500,000 followers. She is back streaming and she plans on becoming a rapper.