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Internet Explorer users not stupid

Survey that suggested IE users had lower than average IQ appears to have been a hoax

The survey claimed that users of IE6 had IQs a low as 80.
The survey claimed that users of IE6 had IQs a low as 80.

A story claiming that Internet Explorer users had IQs that were on average lower than users of other web browsers now appears to be a hoax.

The company that released the survey results was set up less than a month ago, and a number of images and pages on its website were taken from the website of a legitimate company.

The results were released by a company called AptiQuant, claiming to be a Canadian psychometric testing firm.

The company press release claimed that Internet Explorer users had average IQs as low as 90 for users of Internet Explorer version 8, or 80 for users of IE6. Users of Firefox, Safari and Chrome had average IQs of 110, while Opera users ranked as high as 130.
The story was reported as fact by a number of new sites, including CNN, the BBC and Forbes.

The company website even includes an apology from its ‘CEO Leonard Howard’ for suggesting that IE users were stupid, and claiming to have received hate mail from irate IE users.