As suspected, cybertroopers have manipulated two recent online polls on whether Anwar should quit as Pakatan leader following the coalition’s failure to capture Putrajaya.
A rigged poll on the Edge website showed that 81 per cent wanted Anwar to quit. Edge polls normally received 2000-4000 respondents but this one received over 12000 respondents.
But when the editor saw on Tuesday the one-week survey attracted 12,736 responses and the responses were overwhelmingly one-sided, she thought it best to take down the poll.
Additionally, it was also overtaken by events as Anwar has stated his stand to continue to lead the opposition.
Upon checking, the Edge IT department found that 6,354 of the responses came from one IP address, and about 1,700 came from several IP addresses within the same building. Another 2,000 responses came from seven different IP addresses.
Read the Edge’s explanation on why they took the poll off. Thanks to blog reader Roxy for the alert.
An identical poll on my blog showed that it was being manipulated when the ‘Yes, he should quit’ responses were increasing at a rate of seven per minute. The first 300 responses had indicated that some 90 per cent felt he should not quit but that fell rapidly to around 55 per cent. After I raised the alarm about the possibility of the poll being rigged, the “Yes, he should quit” responses slowed and eventually the “No, he should not quit” responses outnumbered the ‘Yeses’ by over 60:40.
This band of cybertroopers will stop at nothing. It is all par for the course for them. But they are not fooling anyone.