BBC embarrassed by mobile news app pushing errant breaking news update

The Beeb has suffered an embarrassment at the hands of its news app, with the app's push notifications going, shall we say, slightly awry earlier today.

The Android and iOS apps pushed two "breaking news" updates which probably led to most people thinking that Auntie Beeb had been hacked.

One of them, spotted by The Next Web, read: "NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires' after hashtag hijacked. Push sucks! Pull blows! BREAKING NEWS No nudity in latest episode of Game of Thrones!!! MORE BREAKING NEWS IIIIII like testing."

However, the Beeb quickly explained via its Twitter press account: "Re two incorrect @BBCNews push notifications sent earlier. This was result of a testing error. The account has not been hacked."

Indeed, the errant tweet did state "I like testing" so it would seem to be the result of a careless tester (and Games of Thrones fan... in fairness, the bit about the nudity – that really would be breaking news if it was true). Needless to say, the poor fellow (or indeed lady) is doubtless in for a trip across some hot coals in the very near future.

Some wags on Twitter suggested that a hacking attack would have been less embarrassing than the truth here. Perhaps testing procedures need to be examined, and maybe Beeb staff should stick to the traditional "Testing, testing, 1-2-3" in the future. Still, the errant text could have been worse...