The Star says its poll on Bersih rally was manipulated

June 21st, 2011 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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After removing the poll noon today, The Star says:

On Monday evening, The Star Online put up a poll on the proposed Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9.

The poll asked respondents for their opinion: should it be cancelled, or should it be allowed to go on.

In less than a day, it drew more than a million responses which caused the team to suspect that the results were being manipulated. The Star Online polls attract an average of not more than 30,000 responses over several days.

Furthermore, the total number of unique visitors to The Star Online is about 400,000 per day, lending further credence to our suspicion that there was manipulation afoot.

This could be done in several ways, for example through scripted routines or “bots” that come in to a site to perform the same task over multiple repetitions. Indeed, an initial examination of our site logs showed about one million submissions to the poll page from just one IP address.

Therefore, acting upon the belief that the poll results were tainted, we made the decision to take it offline just before noon Tuesday.

We regret that our effort to give the public a voice has been tainted by this act.


That begets the question, why not safeguards for their polling mechanism? At the very least, they should have been alerted when the voting numbers crosses certain threshold so that the administrator can check the logs.



1 comment

  1. Dan says:

    By the same line of thought the whole newspaper should be canceled, it has long been tainted and manipulated by BN anyway.