Pranksters Rig Time Magazine's 'Most Influential' Poll
The results are in, and 4chan really does dominate the Internet — or at least the online news media.
Members of the rude, lewd and crude online discussion board, memorably profiled on FoxNews.com earlier this month, successfully rigged Time Magazine's "Time 100" poll so that its largely absent founder, Moot, was named the world's most influential person.
Not that Anwar's fans were the ones who voted for him. The 4chan pranksters rigged the entire top fifth of the poll so that the first initials of the first 21 names, when read vertically, spell out the cryptic message "Marblecake Also the Game."
Time poll crowns 4chan founder moot 'most influential person'
A blog called Music Machinery, clearly reporting outside of its usual niche, has a rather detailed analysis of how 4chan manipulated the poll. This would certainly explain why Anwar Ibrahim, a Malaysian politician, nabbed second place.
The allegedly successful attempt at swaying the poll's results is surely a relief to 4chan users. After their failed try at stealing the Twitter race to a million followers less than two weeks ago, the win for moot proves that 4chan hasn't lost its touch.
Next year, Time should change the name of its poll to the Internet's Most Influential Person.
On 15 April 2009, Anwar Ibrahim's office was quick to claim credit for the Opposition leader when the list of 100 Most Influential Man was announced.
1. Anwar Dicalon Antara 100 Tokoh Paling Berpengaruh Dunia 2009
2. Anwar Ibrahim - The 2009 TIME 100 Finalists
Now, the results are out and he is 2nd but the poll was rigged. I wonder what TIME will say or if Anwar Ibrahim's office will still claim credit to this.
(Credits to FoxNews and Time for the photo)