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Internet Explorer User IQ Story was Hoax

Aug 3 2011, 7:36am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Internet Explorer User IQ Story was Hoax

Good thing we did not cover it.

A couple days ago a study got high profile coverage (e.g.: CNN) that said that Internet Explorer users have lower IQs. Today the BBC, who also covered that study, reports that the whole thing was an elaborate hoax.

The fake survey said that based on 100,000 participants in an IQ test, Internet Explorer users scored lower than average. Chrome, Firefox and Safari users have been scoring above average. 

The Canadian research firm named ApTiquant that sent out the press-release about the study is apparently a fake. The site of ApTiquant was only setup in the last month. Who was behind the hoax is not known yet. Looks like somebody had a lot of time on their hands to bash IE and its users. BBC got tipped of by its readers that this study is a fake.

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