British Newspaper Fooled By Online Harry Potter/Pokemon Go Hoax

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: “The creators behind Pokemon Go are developing a new Harry Potter version of the app, according to reports,” claimed The Metro — citing as their source the web site “Hello Giggles”. But that site’s source — as well as the source for an inaccurate article in Yahoo! Style — was the infamous JTXH, a paraody news sites created three months ago, whose other false scoops have included “NASA to make announcement involving ‘religious’ implications” and “Denny’s waitress assaulted by Muslims for serving bacon during Ramadan”.

From Snopes.com: There is no real radio or television outlet with the call letters JTXH; that identifier is purely the province of a fake news web site masquerading as a legitimate news outlet. JTXH News has previously published fabricated clickbait stories such as “Bernie campaign caught distributing LSD to youth” and “Chick-Fil-A is considering banning anyone who ‘can’t figure out their gender.'”


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