What the Academy Is Doing to Protect Oscars Fan Favorite Vote From Tech-Savvy Fandoms

In the midst of criticism over its latest ploy to attract viewers to the awards show, the Academy has ways to deter bots

On the surface, the Oscars’ first fan favorite vote via Twitter feels like a fun way to get audiences more involved with the Oscars, but below that surface there’s potential for highly dedicated, tech-savvy fans to create ways to “ballot stuff” the Twitter-based popularity contest.

When it comes to any sort of fan vote or user survey online, there will always be those trying to manipulate it, according to an individual who has expertise dealing with “review bombing,” or the act of people spamming a film or show’s online listing with negative reviews and ratings.

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Brian Welk

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