BBC apologizes for breaking news faux pas.

The British broadcast corporation – BBC – has publicly apologized for accidentally sending out false ‘test’ breaking news alerts to its news app subscribers. The text alerts included, “NYPD Twitter campaign ‘backfires’ after hashtag hijacked”.


The alert was sent to millions of UK subscribers of the BBC News alerts on iOS devices. The broadcast network dispelled any rumors of an alleged hacking incident. A spokesperson from the network said that they have been under the process of testing a new functionality of their apps and that a test message was sent out erroneously.

The spokesperson added that they apologize to their app users who were inconvenienced by the alert. BBC had introduced push alerts for users of the BBC news mobile apps on iOS and Android platforms in July 2013. App users regularly receive alerts when there is any breaking news.

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