Buzzfeed have been criticised by BBC news broadcaster Huw Edwards after they published a quiz which asked users to guess which place names were real and which were produced by “randomly mashing” the keyboard.
The quiz written by Natasha Jokic said “for each question, you have to determine if town name is real place in Wales or a series of letters I cobbled together”.
It included place names such as Rhosllanerchrugog and Bwlchgwyn, as well as the made-up ‘Tyuafshcgvdbkl-nslksfdjhagjgk-hlwquyeuodias’.
Huw Edwards commented: “Any wonder Buzzfeed went down the toilet? This latest gem is by a Natasha (wait for it) Jokic… ‘Is This A Real Welsh Village Or Just Me Mashing My Keyboard?'”
It was announced earlier this week that Buzzfeed is to close its UK and Australian news operations
The post was later updated to remove any reference to “mashing the keyboard” and “random letters” but the quiz remains in place.
Jasmine Donahaye commented: “Useful note at the end: ‘This post has been updated to reflect BuzzFeed’s editorial standards.’ How much worse could it have been originally?”
Catrin Bethan said: “Rhosllanerchrugog doesn’t exactly role off the tongue” she says. News for you Nat it does off mine.”
Users on the site weren’t too impressed either, with one saying: “All of the fake ones are very obviously fake if you know anything about the Welsh language.”
“If you have even a passing familiarity with Welsh, it’s pretty easy to tell the difference between it and random key mashes,” another user said.