A meet and greet event with pop star Taylor Swift has been cancelled after the competition was rigged by online communities 4chan and Reddit to ensure a “creepy old guy” named Charles would win.
The ‘Taylor Swift’s Biggest Fan Contest’ was being run by Kiss 108 FM in Boston and was hijacked when a 4chan user appealed to members of the online community to help Charles – whom he describes as a friend – win the vote.
The anonymous user wrote: “My creepy 39-year-old friend named Charles would like to crush all those girls’ dreams (and then sniff Taylor Swift’s hair cos he’s into that) by winning this instead… Help him crush the dreams of these girls and give him a chance to make a complete ass of himself by blatantly just sniffing her hair with the cameras rolling.”
The post eventually went viral on other online communities and Charles shot rapidly up the rankings, reports Gawker. Within hours, he was at the top of the leaderboard, reportedly with the help of spam bots.
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