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China’s Sohu falls for ‘Back to the Future’ hover board video hoax

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 1:38pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 4:02pm
 

Sohu.com, one of China’s top internet news portals, has fallen victim to a viral video hoax that features the flying skateboard in the famed science fiction comedy series Back to the Future.

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The video was released by a company known as HUVr a few days ago and has since gone viral on the internet. The video showed a number of celebrities, including professional skateboarder Tony Hawk , rapper Schoolboy Q, American football veteran Terrell Owens and actress Agnes Bruckner, riding HUVr Boards in downtown Los Angeles.

The company in the video clip claimed the demonstrations were “completely real”.

Sohu posted the video on its blog account on Wednesday, saying: “With the help of electromagnetic suspension, HUVr hover board can lift a 90-kilogram person above the ground for several feet.”

It also touted the video as a hi-tech and said “seems it’s time to embrace a new world”.

The clip was quick to attract Chinese internet users. Many bloggers reposted and commented on the video on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo microblog service.

A number of other websites reposted the video clip but remained sceptical of its authenticity. Igeek, a technology video sharing site, asked “Is it real or not?” when it posted the video.

But some online users uncovered clues in the video that suggested it was a hoax. It seemed clear to them that the celebrities were wearing a harness attached with wires, explaining why they were able to be in the air.

A blogger with the handle “Camel617” who said he was a designer for the brand Infinite Fantasy, pointed out the harness and wires. “I hope hoax can be more realistic next time,” he wrote.

Hu Ge, a viral video producer in China, suggested the hoax was a PR stunt. “I have a feeling: the production of Back to the Future 4 will soon start,” he said.

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