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originally posted by: MotherMayEye
But, I am also now compelled to say that here is how I believe the up-voting/down-voting script/bot works: Someone who is very pro-Hillary & anti-Trump appears to be basically infecting targeted DailyMail accounts with an automatic script that consistently up votes or down votes their comments by the hundreds and thousands and it's instantaneous even if you have to 'refresh' the page to see the jump.
originally posted by: xuenchen
Excellent revelations MME !!!!
Looks like Correct the Record is anywhere they can get an easy "in" without resistance.
Big money behind their efforts.
originally posted by: Talorc
a reply to: MotherMayEye
And people who say "likes" are irrelevant are dead wrong. They're underestimating the human craving to quantify and measure.
The fundamental mechanism that fuels social media is quantification. Social media is predicated on pure quantity. Previously, most opinions and arguments couldn't be measured strictly in terms of numbers and stats. The reader/listener had to analyze those opinions and come to their own conclusions. Debate and argument have always been qualitative, moreso than quantitative. I remember the days when forums and message boards had no "like" feature and in order to disagree, one had to actually respond to people's comments. Seems like a different era.
Social media changed everything. It plays on human laziness and also on our (rather modern) obsession with numbers, polls, measurements, and stats. In the days of the old philosophers and the genesis of true logical argument, people didn't have access to wide-scale surveys and stats. They had to trust in their own logic and reason.
Nowadays it's far easier to just accept the numbers and stats they give us, unquestioningly. Humans love to count, measure, and compare, and "likes" have become a very real measurement of worth. People find immense worth in these numbers. Think Facebook friends, think number of "shares" on Twitter, think number of touchdowns during football season, think votes for prom queen.
Of course, all those numbers and stats don't mean a god damn thing when they're all fudged. People can rest assured that their precious numbers, on which they base their worldview, are mostly nothing but forgeries.
Really, I could write I whole thread about this, it goes very deep into the rabbit hole of mass manipulation and human psychology. In the age of social media, this stuff matters. Inflating opinions like this is not a game, people's minds are at stake.
originally posted by: IAMTAT
From research...I know this same 'rigging' took place intensely on DM during the upcoming Brexit vote...with ant-Brexit posts getting the green and pro-Brexit, the red.
Remember the surprise when Brexit passed? Were major polls also infected?
This shows it's designer is interested in disproportionately propping up leftist opinion.