Unfortunately, it turns out that not everything you read on the internet is true, and even more unfortunate for a Shanghai-based app company the Chinese government actually starts to care when they find stories are not just fake but salacious.
According to Shanghai Daily, the Youjia app, which apparently had been making hooking up more fun for some 30 million users, has been ordered to shut down after investigators discovered that the stories they were putting out to promote their app were simply too sexy to be true.
One of the fake stories, titled “Body for Traveling,” told of a young woman who recruited “temporary boyfriends” to finance her trip around the country. While this post was obviously fake it became hugely popular on the web and was even picked up by some major news outlets (whoops!).
Another romantic love story, intriguingly titled “Sex in an Excavator,” went pretty much the way you would think. Man meets woman through the Youjia app and as they are waiting to be rescued by an excavator, they decide to have some sex while the earth moves all around them. But it was just lies! All lies!
Meanwhile, reputable publications like People’s Daily keep it legal by using sexy pictures and pretending like that’s news. Something we’d never stoop to doing.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Sina]