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Independent MP Publishes Video Showing Bot Filling Out Thousands of National Consultation Surveys with False Data

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.09.09.

A new video showing a bot randomly generating false data while filling out the government’s latest National Consultation questionnaire has been uploaded to Youtube. According to independent MP Ákos Hadházy, who shared the footage on social media, it clearly displays how untrustworthy the official data about the number of people who submitted their surveys are.

Independent MP Ákos Hadházy shared a video on social media showing a bot that hacks and fills out the government’s latest National Consultation questionnaire with randomly generated false data.

Döbbbenetes videókat osztott meg valaki szép csendben. Így (is) csalhatott a kormány a "Nemzeti Konzultáció"…

Közzétette: Hadházy Ákos – 2020. szeptember 6., vasárnap

In total, 15 videos were uploaded to the popular video-sharing platform by user ’Nerbot’ with 25 hours of footage. (The bot’s name most likely refers to NER, the “system of national cooperation,” how PM Orbán described his governing policies after winning the election in 2010). The program generates the name, age, and e-mail address data needed to complete the questionnaire in mere seconds.  This means in 25 hours a total of 9-10,000 surveys could have easily been submitted.

„They [the government] can say anything, after this, the whole thing lost all credibility, it’s about nothing more than brainwashing,” Hadházy commented on the video on Facebook.

Gov't: National Consultation on Coronavirus Completed, almost 1,8 Million Responded
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A total of 1,793,000 people have returned the government’s National Consultation questionnaire related to coronavirus measures, Csaba Dömötör, a state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, said on Saturday. The survey is the second most successful the Hungarian government has conducted to tap public opinion, Dömötör said in a video message posted on the government’s […]Continue reading

A few days ago state secretary Csaba Dömötör announced that a total of 1,793,000 people have returned the National Consultation questionnaire, which would make the survey the second most successful out of all. The survey could have been completed either online or on the official paper sheet.

The initiative of National Consultation has long been under heavy criticism by the opposition, often regarded as a tool for propaganda.

Featured image via nemzetikonzultacio.kormany.hu