Buzzfeed pulls ‘Which terrorist group are you?’ quiz after complaints
Posted on 10th March 2017 at 09:50
Entertainment website Buzzfeed has withdrawn its ‘Which terrorist group are you?’ quiz following user complaints.
Entertainment website Buzzfeed has withdrawn its ‘Which terrorist group are you?’ quiz following user complaints. The website removed the quiz on Thursday afternoon, and released a statement apologising for what it admitted had been a ‘crass and insensitive’ post.
The quiz required users to answer a series of multi-choice questions, such as on their favourite food, TV show and bomb making recipe, after which they would be told which international terrorist organisation they most closely affiliated with. Possible results included ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the IRA, Hamas and the Plymouth branch of the Women’s Institute (WI). Respondents would then be provided with links to the relevant terrorist organisation’s website and social media accounts, as well as full details on how to join.
However some Buzzfeed users reacted to the quiz with horror. Jane Walters, a council employee from Doncaster, told The Spark that the quiz was ‘disgusting’ and ‘a moral disgrace’. These comments were echoed by Adam Taylor, a student from Manchester, who added that he was ‘particularly appalled’ that the quiz had matched him to the IRA, when he was ‘absolutely determined to get Hamas’.
Senior Buzzfeed sources, speaking off the record, have claimed that the quiz was in fact one of the sites sponsored posts, produced by a private company. One figure told us that Buzzfeed had been approached by a ‘small London based start-up called MI5’ who had offered them ‘good money’ to run the quiz. He added that the company seemed ‘very interested’ in which terrorist group’s people might affiliate with, though he admitted that ‘I’ve no idea why’.
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