Do not trust FB political surveys

Published October 14, 2021, 3:31 PM

by Art Samaniego

Now that Pinoys are talking about the elections, many political operators are pushing and claiming that their candidates are what the people want. To prove their point, they use social media to conduct surveys. To accurately hear the people’s voices as they claim, they use the FB reaction buttons assigned to candidates and wait for Facebook users to click these reactions.

With this method, Pinoy social media users are made to believe that Facebook surveys are unbiased and that the results represent the people’s voice. This method looks legitimate as a user is only limited to one reaction. But if you’re the team’s social media expert and your candidate is not performing well, you would do everything to make them look better, right?

Here’s how to manipulate social media surveys in favor of your candidate.

If your candidate is lagging, you can show your support by buying reactions and “deploy” them on the link of that survey. The problem is, many of these paid reactions have middle eastern names that vigilant Pinoy social media users would indeed see. So be ready to spend for nothing. You can buy 100 reactions for 3USD up to 2000 reactions for 29USD.

You can buy FB reactions online.

I’m not encouraging you to cheat. What I’m saying is, don’t believe Facebook surveys as they could be manipulated. Remember Facebook, the platform these surveys are running is business. It would put profit above everything, including user safety and security.

FB reactions are sold for as low as 3 dollars for 100 reactions and 29 dollars for 2000 reaction.

To prove this, I ordered 100 heart reactions online. I gave the link to a Facebook post talking about this unreliable survey. Just minutes after my order was approved, the 31 heart reactions on that post suddenly became 131 heart reactions. All new heart reactions come from what look like Vietnamese users.

To prove that you could not trust FB surveys, I conducted an experiment and bought 100 heart reactions online for 3 dollars. Here’s the video of what I got — a hundred heart reactions from what looks like Vietnamese FB users.

Be wary of these surveys and do not be influenced by posts that show a particular candidate is the people’s choice because he or she has more user reactions than other candidates. This experiment indicates that these Facebook surveys could be manipulated.