One question I am always interested in is, what is an extremely weird way that people are using Facebook? And here is one answer to that question:
Rotten Tomatoes uses reCAPTCHA, a free API developed by Google that distinguishes humans from bots with a check of a box, to ensure that new signups are humans. But the site also has an option to sign up with Facebook, which bypasses that system. Once logged in, users can rate the movie by marking it “want to see” or “not interested,” scoring it on a scale of 0.5 to 5 stars, and posting a written review with the score. “Down with Disney” wrote on Facebook that it used Facebook accounts to login into Rotten Tomatoes and manipulate the score:
Thanks to friends of mine who taught me a thing or two about Bot Accounts, I used them to create this audience score through Facebook accounts created that subsequently logged into Rotten Tomatoes who rigged this score and still keep it dropping.
There was, I am glad to report, a happy ending:
While low Rotten Tomatoes scores have contributed to the downfall of other movies this year, like The Mummy and The Dark Tower, The Last Jedi‘s low score had nearly no discernible impact on its box-office performance. It debuted with $220 million in North America, marking the second-largest opening weekend ever, following the The Force Awakens.Read more...