Google News Fooled by April Fools' Day Prank


Who doesn't love a little April Fool's Day fun?

Apparently, not Google News. The algorithmic aggregator of the web's top breaking headlines confused a spoof story for a serious one on Sunday morning, slating it in the page-view-driving top spot.

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Business magazine Forbes published a fictional dispatch from the Republican campaign trail, "Romney Drops Out of Race, Endorses Santorum."

The media company must have rethought its prank, once the story landed in Google News's coveted number one spot, and removed the story.

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"In a surprise move, Mitt Romney announced today that he is ending his presidential campaign and throwing his support behind Rick Santorum. The move shocked observers, including Senator Santorum, as Governor Romney seemed poised for a decisive victory in Wisconsin.

The governor, however, said he concluded that he has 'no chance' to win the general election in December and that a Santorum candidacy in 2012 would be in the 'best interest of the party.'"

You can read the full text of the removed story on Short Form Blog.

Forbes didn't beat buzz-blog Gawker, which captured a screenshot while the story was trending on Google News.

What do you think of news sites engaging in April Fools' Day pranks? Have any others caught your eyes today?

Image courtesy of Flickr, Gage Skidmore

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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