Dow Jones technical error spreads fake news story of Google acquiring Apple

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The Dow Jones newswires had a ‘technical error’ which caused the portal to report several spurious stories including several headlines claiming Google was acquiring Apple for $9 billion, and that the deal was pre-arranged with Steve Jobs in his will.

I get that a technical error caused the stories to flow, but where did they come from in the first place? It’s not like someone accidentally wrote them.

From Dow Jones:

Please disregard the headlines that ran on Dow Jones Newswires between 9:34 a.m. ET and 9:36 a.m. ET. Due to a technical error, the headlines were published. All of those headlines are being removed from the wires. We apologize for the error.

Nope. An error is the release of the stories. But the creation of those stories is something else entirely. This should not be dismissed as a simple mistake.



  • The Cappy

    “This should not be dismissed as a simple mistake.” True but it’s not much of a mystery either. People are always producing these fictions just to see whether or not they can fool people. It’s just taking a new form. They used to get passed around in email. Now they get a broader audience, if they’re successful.

  • jameswales

    I used to work at DJ and can make pretty good guess about what happened here. This article was probably written during an internal training process and should have been published to a test wire that’s not visible to readers. Instead by mistake it must have been published to the real wire. Major screw up, but not nefarious.

  • GS

    Late April 1st release.

  • JimCracky

    It was no error. It was a political trick used o elicit a response in the media.

  • James Hughes

    Let the conspiracy theorists have a field day with this one.

    Meanwhile, watching AAPL……