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Technology Lies on the Rise

Aug 05, 2011, 13:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Elgan)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser have lower IQs than users of alternative browsers, according to a widely circulated story in the past week. Too bad the story is fake. And just about everybody fell for it.

"The original hoax story reported that a company called ApTiquant conducted a study to rank the relative intelligence of browser users. It turns out, as the BBC discovered, that the ApTiquant web site had been put up within the past month and used staff photos from another company's web site along with fake names.

"Why is everybody so quick to believe a hoax story like this? If the IQ claim had been made about members of one political party or the other, the hoax would have been exposed in minutes. Why isn't there more skepticism out there about technology-based claims?"

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