RTL Behind Michael Jackson Hoax Video

German broadcaster RTL said Tuesday that video circulating online that shows someone identified as possibly emerging from a coroner’s van and entering a building was a hoax they created near Cologne, Germany.

“We wanted to show how easily users can be manipulated on the Internet with hoax videos,” RTL spokeswoman Heike Schultz told The Associated Press. “Therefore, we created this video of being alive, even though everybody knows by now that he is dead — and the response was breathtaking.”

The full story at AP.org has since been removed.

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