(Originally posted by HeatSt)
The 4 Chan Bots represent the ultimate failure of the Remainstream Media.
The BBC, the UK’s national broadcaster, gleefully reported, as real, with no basic journalistic checks, an online petition that appeared to be growing at a colossal rate. By 1:30 pm, it was one of the fastest-growing petitions in history.
So fast, in fact, that somebody should have checked for bots and scripts. The BBC is failing totally in its Charter Duty to perform basic journalistic research. Here is the actual script:
The spamming of the petition is a magnificent 4Chan prank that the Chads and Stacys of the BBC and liberal media swallowed whole.
Almost fifty thousand signatures from Vatican City
They’ll look at the IPs and wonder how the fuck people from north Korea and the Vatican are voting
mfw we are playing 4D chess and everyone assumes we are anime shitposters
Most online petitions are fraudulent as fuck anyway due to the lack of any verification needed and the fact that you can make a petition over anything.
Anyone remember the whitehouse.gov petition by /jp/ to ban normalf*gs and janitors? Something to that effect anyway.
How long until they blame Putin’s hackers for it?
We can post screenshots of the code 4Chan and anonymous are using to hack Parliament’s petition. Why couldn’t the BBC – or Parliament’s IT services google the thing themselves?
It was not, as suggested, ‘people from outside the UK’ signing – it was simple hacker scripts.
By Sunday afternoon in the UK, the national broadcaster deigned to report that Parliament was investigating the petition for fraud.
Other liberal media scions also pounced on the petition.
But 4Chan’s posters had set up scripts and bots to add fake names to the petition at an impossible rate, spamming it with unlikely addresses in ‘Ghana’ and elsewhere.
The mainstream media outside the BBC were blushingly reporting the petition ‘may have been manipulated’ without acknowledging that 4Chan and anonymous had been online for 24 hours boasting about their prank.
Tech sites, unlike the news media in the supine UK, have seen 4 Chan break an online petition before. They took over the Time 100
This post explains in detail the methodology for the 4Chan auto-voters which can cycle through a range of fake names to avoid detection:
Another challenge faced by the autovoters was that if you voted for the same person more often than once every 13 seconds, your IP would be banned from voting. However, it was noticed that you could cycle through votes for other candidates during those 13 seconds. The autovoters quickly adapted to take advantage of this loophole interleaving up-votes for moot with down-votes for the competition ensuring that no candidate received a vote more frequently than once every 13 seconds, while maximizing the voting leverage.
One of the first autovoters was MOOTHATTAN. This is a simple moot up-voter that will vote for moot about 100 times per minute. (Warning, just by visiting that site, you’ll invoke the autovoter – so if you don’t want to hack the vote, you should probably skip the visit).
4Chan and anonymous have previously used programmes to easily flood Parliament’s petition with fakes. Not only should the parliamentary petition committee junk debate on the 4chan prank petition, they should hire some real hackers to secure the Parliamentary Petitions website, or they may find they have a, uh, frog in their throats.