The BBC Just Sent Out The Weirdest Breaking News Alert Of Modern Times

“Push sucks! Pull blows!” What?

1. Users of the BBC News app can opt in to receive alerts for breaking news stories to keep updated with the news. But on Wednesday morning users received a rather odd alert.

2. And pretty much everyone who gets the alerts took a screenshot to remember the occasion — and also go “WTF?”

3. And to make matters worse, the same message was sent out only two minutes later.

4. It has been suggested that developers are testing push notifications and these were sent out accidentally.

5. App users have now been sent an apology through a push notification.

6. The BBC told BuzzFeed it is looking into what happened.


— James O'Malley (@Psythor)

7. Update — 11:18 a.m.: The BBC has confirmed to BuzzFeed that the message was sent in error while testing new functions.

A spokesperson said: “We’ve been in the process of testing new functionality for our Apps and a test message was sent in error this morning. We apologise to our App users who were unnecessarily interrupted with the alert.”

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