Official Press Release
The leading messaging platform is unveiling the first ever global election bot to poll its over 800 million users on their favorite choice for POTUS. The company plans to analyze its polling data and share its results with the world.
LONDON — November, 2016 — In this whirlwind of an election, there has been a whole lot of talk about polling, with a large portion of the political discourse surrounding whether polls are rigged, inaccurate, or unbalanced. Viber, the leading messaging and VoIP platform, is joining the conversation by launching the first ever global election poll bot on its platform.
While a global poll bot may not follow the scientific methodology of old-school election polls, bringing polling into the social messaging sphere has the potential to reveal interesting information. Not only will the bot be polling a large pool of Viber’s more than 800 million users around the world on who they would like to see as the most powerful man or woman in the world, but it will also be asking the user additional questions that may reveal compelling data about global voting trends.
The bot begins by asking the user who they would vote for, providing the the following options: 1. Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2. Donald John Trump, and 3. I DON’T CARE. Once they vote, the bot asks the user whether they are an Android or iOS user, their gender, and the age range they belong to.
Users must have Viber to try the bot. Viber then plans to gather all of the data, analyze it, and release its findings to the world.
“This election season has been unique, to say the least, and the engagement on social media by both the candidates and the voters has set a new standard for political discussion,” said Michael Shmilov, Viber COO. “That’s what we want to do with Viber’s new global election bot. We hope this brand new method of polling will reveal new worldwide trends and will encourage new involvement of social platforms in political dialogue.”
Viber users can cast their vote at viber://pa/?chatURI=uselections2016.
Part of the Rakuten family, Viber freely connects users around the world with the people that matter to them most. With more than 800 million unique users on the platform, Viber allows people to connect in the way that works best for them, whether that’s through individual messaging, video calls or group chats, or following brands and celebrities on Public Chats. Viber can be used on iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Windows Phone, Windows®, Windows 8®, Mac, Linux and Symbian devices over mobile or WiFi connections.
Michael Shmilov - COO