Chinese daily falls for spoof: 'North Korean missile test delayed by Windows glitch'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 April, 2013, 6:57pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Problems with Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 8 led to a delay in North Korea's widely dreaded missile test, the satirical American news website The Borowitz Report said on Thursday and it was obviously a joke.

The Chinese daily 21st Century Business Herald fell for the spoof. On its Sina Weibo micro-blog, it reported the Borowitz prank, including its imaginary quote from the state-run Korean Central News Agency saying that the regime "was working with Windows 8 support to resolve the issue".

It also fell for another dubious quote from a "source close to the North Korean regime" saying that Kim Jong-un was considering declaring war on Microsoft. 

Just last month, the Guangzhou-based paper fell vicitm to a report by another American satiricial news outlet. The Daily Currant reported that the renowned economist Paul Krugman had filed for bankruptcy and the paper reported it.