The prosecution launched an investigation into a case in which the viewers of Mnet “Produce X 101” program which selects idol singers, accused the production staff of voting controversy.
Suspicion has been raised that a certain pattern has been repeated between the final votes of the “Produce X 101”s the 1st to 20th-ranked trainees. The difference between Nos. 3 and 4, Nos. 6 and 7, Nos. 7 and 8 and Nos. 10 and 11 places was the same with 29,999 votes. The allegations spread to even greater controversy as the analysis revealed that the number of votes from the 1st to 20th-ranked was all explained by a certain number of votes, '7494.442'.
CJ ENM, a broadcasting company, denied the allegations of vote rigging, due to the continuing dispute, it asked the police to investigate because its own investigation was limited. police raided the office of CJ ENM and the company that manages the data related to the text votes submitted for the program on July 31. If the voting results compiled by the data storage company and announced by the “Produce X 101” show turn out to be different, the suspicions of voting rigged are expected to gather rapidly.
Ha Tae-kyung of the conservative opposition Bareunmirae Party said, "The probability of such a result is close to zero," and added, "“Rigging the votes on an audition program that features teenagers, that is a clear case of employment fraud.”
The “Produce X 101” fact-finding committee urged the prosecution to thoroughly investigate and said "If the results were set in the dictionary, no one would have cast a paid vote."
|▲ "Produce X 101" 로고 이미지사진출처 = CJ ENM|
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