BBC Apologizes for 'Game of Thrones' No Nudity News Alert

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A message to BBC News app users, which included the line "BREAKING NEWS No nudity in latest episode of Game of Thrones!!!," was sent by accident as part of a test, the U.K. public broadcaster says.

LONDON – Users of the BBC News app on Wednesday received a long breaking news alert that mentioned a lack of nudity on the latest episode of HBO hit show Game of Thrones, among other things, leaving users confused.

Some users took to Twitter to post the message or screen shots of it before BBC News said it was sent accidentally as part of a testing process.

"NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires' after hashtag hijacked," the BBC News alert said. "Push sucks! Pull blows! BREAKING NEWS No nudity in latest episode of Game of Thrones!!! MORE BREAKING NEWS IIIIIII like testing."

The bottom of the message added: "This is a breaking news story and the BBC News app will bring you updates as soon as they are available."

The same message was sent again soon after.

The BBC apologized via its BBC News feed on Twitter late Wednesday morning, saying: "We apologize for previous two test push notifications, which were sent in error to BBC News app subscribers."

Some British websites initially suggested a hacking attack. But the U.K. public broadcaster on another Twitter feed, AboutTheBBC, reacted to one post by saying: "Not hacked, but glad you're an avid follower of our app."

Some social media users had fun with the incident. "So, it wasn't hackers. But we still don't know if there will be nudity or not in latest Game of Thrones episode," tweeted one person. And another one posted: "In fairness Game of Thrones not containing nudity would definitely be cause for a BBC news app notification."

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