Thursday 22 March 2018

Human error not hackers behind Bengali-script story on BBC website

The BBC blamed human error for the story
The BBC blamed human error for the story

There were fears the BBC news website had been hacked after a story was posted in Bengali script.

The article, about a police raid on militants in Dhaka, shot to the top of the list of most read on the site on Friday.

It was also tweeted by BBC Breaking, which has around 24 million followers.

A spokesman for the BBC said it had been sent by mistake by a World Service reporter and was taken down minutes later.

"It was just an error, somebody tweeted from the wrong account," he added.

"It was literally a human error and it has been corrected."

The BBC later tweeted: "Apologies to those who received an alert from @BBCBreaking. We haven't been hacked."

Press Association

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