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'Spammers' behind Emma Watson photo threat site

A website which originally claimed to have nude pictures of Emma Watson, and then retracted their claim as a hoax to "draw attention to the threat of 4chan" on the internet is now being reported as a spamming site.

The Independent reported that the website, run by "Rantic Marketing", is an intricate hoax itself, as the company does not appear to exist, but has been linked to previous online hoaxes, where rumours were spread on the internet in order to bring traffic a particular site.

Online hoaxes disseminate misinformation in return for hits. Credit: www.rantic.com

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Emma Watson joins 'laughing' twitter campaign

Emma Watson has tweeted a picture of herself in fits of hysterics outside a closed restaurant as part of a social media campaign against comments made by the Turkish deputy PM.

Watson, who was recently announced as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for women, joined the thousands who posted pictures of themselves laughing in defiance of comments made by the politician Bülent Arinç.

In a speech to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid, Arinc called for women to be "chaste", know the difference between public and private, and "should not laugh in public".

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