TIME names Christopher ‘moot’ Poole the most influential person in the world
The 21-year-old college student garnered 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90 (out of a possible 100) to beat the likes of Barack Obama, Manny Pacquiao and Stephen Colbert.
But according to Erick Schonfeld of TechCrunch, the magazine’s annual online poll of the top 100 most influential people in government, science, technology and the arts was flooded with fake votes by followers of 4chan.
Not only did moot’s followers manage to get his name to the top of the Time 100 reader’s list, they also manipulated the next 20 spots. If you take the first letter of each name, it spells out the cryptic message, “Marblecake, also the game.” (See image below).
According to a tip, marblecake was also the name of the chatroom “where Project Chanology was born (4chan’s war against Scientology).”
Last year, Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto topped the list.