The BBC is facing criticism after falsely claiming that the BBC News website was “fake news”.
The organisation published a story on Wednesday that appeared to show a BBC News site with the headline: “Fake News, Fake News, fake news” with the following headline: BBC News: ‘Fake News’ BBC News headlines are intended to make readers think they are reading news articles which are not actually articles that have been published.
The BBC News story was quickly pulled from its website, but a tweet by a BBC spokesperson on Thursday evening suggested that the article was still up.
The tweet was later deleted.
“We have not been able to reproduce the BBC news story on the news site as we said it was a story from a different source,” a BBC spokesman said.
“The BBC News article was published by a different news organisation and we regret the error.”
“BBC News” was first published on 21 December 2016, and the story continued for six days.
The story is based on a story by former journalist and author Tom Walker, who told the BBC in a tweet on Thursday that the story was “probably fake news.”
The tweet has since been deleted.