Update: The hoax's perpetrator, Tarandeep Gill, released a statement explaining why he did it. Apparently it's because he hates the old versions of Internet Explorer so much.
Last week several media outlets, including us, reported the results of an IQ study from the Canadian tech-research firm AptiQuant that showed that users of Internet Explorer were less intelligent than users of other web browsers (among other things). But the BBC News has concluded that AptiQuant and its research are a hoax.
According to the BBC, "the company's website was only recently set up and staff images were copied from a legitimate business in Paris." And a statistics professor at the University of Cambridge told the BBC that the study's "figures are implausibly low - and an insult to IE users." (AptiQuant claimed that users of Internet Explorer 6 had an average IQ of 82, the lowest in the study.) The BBC couldn't find anyone available for comment at AptiQuant, and our calls and emails this morning have not been returned. (We'll update if they are.) In addition to us, the story was picked up by us, the BBC, CNN, Yahoo, Forbes, the Daily Mail, and The Telegraph. That's obviously no excuse, though, and we regret the error.