By Horace Lu
Netizens found that a report was put on the official website of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) with proofreading changes.
While no statistics were changed, a total of 42 corrections was made to the report of around 3,000 characters. Most of the changes were made to correct grammatical problems and improve the accuracy of the report.
The booboo was first discovered by a netizen called Lu Yumiao (吕育苗) and then uploaded to her microblog on Oct 21. Her tweet soon became viral and drew much attention.
On 28th, the NBS issued an official apology and removed all proofreading traces. In the announcement, the NBS said the mistake was “due to carelessness and lack of responsibility”.
However, criticisms have not ended. An editorial on Beijing News says the incident reflects the lack of “the basic preciseness in their attitude” and “has done great harm to the credibility of statistical offices”.
After all, if such a mistake managed to remain undiscovered on the official website of the National Bureau of Statistics for as long as 7 days, surely the public has good reason to wonder how many more mistakes remain on its website?