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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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Emma Watson graduates from US university

Actress Emma Watson has graduated from a US university.

The Harry Potter star received her bachelor's degree in English literature from the prestigious Brown University in Rhode Island today.

She tweeted a photo of herself in a cap and gown as she prepared to join 2,000 fellow students collecting their qualifications at the Ivy League institution.

The 24-year-old started at Brown in 2009 after saying she hoped the broad curriculum offered by US universities would help make up for lessons she missed while making the Potter films.

Emma Watson: Harry Potter seems like a long time ago

Emma Watson has come a long way since the days of Harry Potter, the actress plays a celebrity-obsessed teenager who turned to crime in her latest film.

Directed by Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring is based on a real-life gang fixated by glamour, who stole $3 million of luxury goods from celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

Actress Emma Watson speaking at a press conference at Cannes Film Festival Credit: Pool/ABACA/Press Association Images

Watson said: "I enjoy the chance to transform into new roles and work with new creative people," she added, "Harry Potter seems like such a long time ago."

The Harry Potter star, who dons a Los Angeles accent in the film, said she prepared for the role by watching reality TV like Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Hills"

The film received welcome reviews after its first screening at Cannes Film Festival yesterday.