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Google News Gets Pranked By April Fool's Joke

If there's two things that April Fool's Day has taught us, first: be on your guard as there's going to be plenty a prank flying around on 1st April and secondly: always see the funny side in the prank. Sadly, it appears that Google News was not educated in the art of pranking - after falling victim to the 'news' that Republican Mitt Romney had dropped out of the presidential campaign to lend his support to Rick Santorum.

The fictitious announcement was declared by business magazine Forbes, announcing: 'Romney Drops Out of Race, Endorses Santorum.'

"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.'

Google's news algorithm went into overdrive, and placed the story amongst their top breaking-news headlines - but once Forbes spotted the spoof, they quickly removed the article off their site, with the news story dropped from Google News' top spot.

However, that wasn't the last prank to be played on Romney - with staff leading him down the garden path on April Fool's Day. Due to speak at a Milwaukee restaurant, his colleagues warned him: " We didn't get much of a turnout this morning." Following his introduction made by Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, Romney was met with an empty room.

Thankfully Romney saw the funny side, after it was revealed that his audience was waiting in the next room.

"This is a morning I'm not going to forget anytime soon," Romney told supporters later. "They turned me into the April fool this morning."

We pity the Google News fools.

Source: Yahoo! News (opens in new tab)

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and previously wrote for ITProPortal, with experience on TheNextWeb, UKFast, WorldRemit, Virgin Media, Google, and more.