Radio program “This American Life” has retracted a “partially fabricated” story about author and actor Mike Daisey’s visit to a Foxconn factory in China.
The retraction was announced in a blog post written by show host Ira Glass.
“We’ve learned that Mike Daisey’s story about Apple in China - which we broadcast in January - contained significant fabrications. We’re retracting the story because we can’t vouch for its truth,” Glass wrote. “This is not a story we commissioned. It was an excerpt of Mike Daisey’s acclaimed one-man show ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,’ in which he talks about visiting a factory in China that makes iPhones and other Apple products.”
The episode, which details harsh working conditions in factories where employees assemble popular Apple devices, inspired a high-profile petition on Change.org. Soon after, Apple announced that it had enlisted the Fair Labor Association to investigate worker conditions inside Chinese supplier factories, including several owned by Foxconn.