BBC deletes Fake quote in “Julian Assange given feline ultimatum by Ecuador”

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What do you do when the state broadcaster you support with your TV License fee forgets the standards it should adhere to and descends to a biased feast of fake news?

In a recent article titled “Julian Assange given feline ultimatum by Ecuador” the author made among other, a serious mistake explained here by UK historian Mark Curtis:

https://twitter.com/markcurtis30/status/1052157786426142720

More people raised the alarm that ‘blatant lies’ are pushed against Julian Assange. Here is Youtube commentator @GordonDimmack explaining the many errors of the article and “a blant lie”, that “On the subject of cleanliness, however, Mr Assange tweeted earlier this year: “Save water, don’t shower.”” but the quote comes from a fake parody account.

So I wrote to the BBC to complain about this error and they removed the sentence and fake quote but without making a note for the correction in the article. Here is the reply I received from the BBC:

Dear Mrs Butlin

Reference CAS-5128916-8PR6RV

Thank you for contacting us about the BBC News article titled ‘Julian Assange given feline ultimatum by Ecuador’.
I understand you have concerns a tweet was featured that was incorrectly attributed to Julian Assange.
We reviewed the article and can confirm this has been rectified with a correction made as of 17 October.
BBC News aims for a high standard of factual accuracy, and we appreciate the time you’ve taken to bring this to our attention.
Please be assured we’ve shared your feedback with our news teams and senior editorial staff.

Once again, many thanks for contacting us.

Kind regards
Hollie Bann
BBC Complaints Team