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DJ Mag announces investigation into fraudulent Top 100 DJs voting, will be ‘naming and shaming’ by week’s end

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Daniel Taibleson

Do you really think Guetta was voted the #1 DJ in the World last year?

It was a break out year for Guetta no doubt, but in light of this recent news from DJ Mag, and Guetta's Facebook insights, which you can access some of by yourself, there is definitely something fishy going on. Both Guetta and Skrillex, who have two of the largest facebook followings, have something else in common: Their most popular city (city with the highest amount of fans) Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico...Really? Mexico city? It's pretty clear that both of them purchased facebook "Likes"...So what's to say that one of them, if not both, will be rebuked for fraudulent votes in the DJ Mag Top 100 Poll? These are obviously my personal thoughts and predictions, and obviously I was extremely upset that Guetta dethroned Armin, who I believe to be a much better DJ. I may be a little bias, and Guetta may even be too big to call-out...but that's my prediction.

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Explanation of Mexico argument and the purchasing of fake "Like's"

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Last week, on Wednesday 26th July, it was brought to DJ Mag's attention that a posting on eBay Italy was claiming to be selling votes in the annual Top 100 DJs poll. This was posted in Italy by somebody trying to discredit the poll, and is no longer active as a live auction bid. DJ Mag believes that this fake eBay posting was probably done by the same group of people responsible for the video last year that claimed to expose how people could cheat in the poll. “I view this simply as an attempt to discredit the poll,” said Martin Carvell, Managing Director of DJ Mag. “DJ Mag takes the issue of cheating in the Top 100 DJs poll very seriously. As the guardians of the biggest poll in dance music, we do all we can to eliminate cheating in the poll so as to make this the most authoritative snapshot of a DJ's popularity and visibility at any one time.” “Although there were no bids made, there was also nothing to suggest that the person behind the scheme would be able to provide the service he or she was advertising.” By looking at the back end of the voting system, it's easy to spot who has been cheating. We are currently investigating a number of DJs with a succession of fraudulent votes, and will be making an announcement on this in due course. There are a number of DJs that have been caught cheating, and DJ Mag will be naming and shaming them by the end of this week.
Via: DJ Mag