When one candidate got more votes than they were comfortable with, Nickelodeon removed hundreds of thousands of votes until they got the result they wanted. The TV network unveiled the results of its seven-day online “Kids Pick the President” poll late Tuesday, showing Democratic nominee Joe Biden as the winner with 53% of the vote to President Donald Trump’s 47%.
The results were aired in a “Nick News: Kids Pick the President” special that allowed young viewers to speak out on topics such as racial inequality and climate change (You know, the topics that are most important to children who watch Spongebob Squarepants)
Well it turns out that the reason Biden won their poll was because Viacom, the parent company of Nickeleodon, removed over 130,000 votes that they deemed to be “bots”.
While not confirming that the votes that were removed were all from Trump, Viacom made the announcement stating they removed the votes after a report that members of the online forum 4chan, decided to vote in the poll in favor of Trump. Then employed a “voter certification tool” that identified and removed votes from “bots” until the remaining 90,000 showed Joe Biden as the winner with 53% of the vote. There was no confirmation that the 130,000 votes that were removed originated from 4chan.
“Though kids are not of an age to vote, ‘Kids Pick the President’ is a platform where their voices do count, and they deserve to be heard,” Nickelodeon officials said in a statement. “And just as kids value honesty and fairness, so do we at Nickelodeon. Therefore, out of respect for kids everywhere and in the spirit of civic responsibility, we present the name of the winner based on votes cast fairly and within our stated guidelines of one vote counted per household device.”
Nickelodeon launched its Kids Vote initiative during the 1988 U.S. presidential election to “amplify kids’ voices and opinions and raise their awareness of the electoral process.” However since 1992, the children’s poll has selected the Democrat candidate every election cycle with the exception of George W. Bush in 2000.