What the Academy is doing to protect Oscars fan-favorite vote from tech-savvy fandoms

Amid criticism over its latest ploy to lure viewers to the awards show, the Academy has ways to deter bots

On the surface, the Oscars fan-favorite first vote via Twitter seems like a fun way to get the public more involved in the Oscars, but beneath that surface there’s potential for very dedicated, tech-savvy fans to create ways to “vote stuff” the Twitter-based Popularity Contest.

When it comes to any kind of fan voting or user survey online, there will always be those who try to manipulate it, according to a person with expertise in “bombing reviews,” or people spamming a movie or show’s online listing. with reviews and negative ratings.

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