Some unhinged Star Wars fan may have used a botting program to drastically affect the Rotten Tomatoes score for The Last Jedi…
Begun, the bot wars have (to bastardize a Yoda quote). But in all seriousness, in an all-new piece from Quartz, it appears as if a lunatic Star Wars fan is claiming to have dragged down the Rotten Tomatoes score all by his lonesome, and he explained in perfect detail how he did it.
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When The Last Jedi first hit theaters, it scored highly at 93% with critics, however, the fan score was inexplicably and ridiculously low at 55%. Well, if this claim from this self-proclaimed Star Wars fan holds true, then we may have our answer to the problem. It was bots…bots did it.
Well, not bots in the truest sense of the word, as Rotten Tomatoes has a built-in captcha that asks if a user is a robot, however, all one need do to bypass that, is to log in with a facebook account, and that’s what our nutter fan did.
"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."
Great job, fella, you’ve really made yourself an internet hero, like that one guy who lit himself on fire by farting next to a campfire, or that other guy who got punched in the nuts by his own nunchucks.
Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Last Jedi had the second largest opening ($220 million) of any film in the history of films, according to Box Office Mojo, so keep making those fake Facebook accounts, pal, they’re really, really working.