This was long predicted and actually happened a long time ago but now the mainstream media is starting to figure it out.
Time magazine just found out that 4chan’s
About once a week a silly poll
Some systems try to improve the value of voting by having some kind of registration. This prevents trivial spoofing but is still very weak. Large active online communities like reddit and 4chan can utterly swamp any voting system. The more embarrassing the outcome for the poll sponsor the more likely that someone will mob it.
Ultimately this all comes back to the fact that identity is a remarkably vague concept. The only reason “real” voting works is because it requires multiple factors and most importantly physical presence.