Perth-based tech startup ClearPoll revealed that it has launched its blockchain-based opinion poll network, with the app already available for download on iOS and Android.
Users would earn cryptocurrency rewards for creating polls which will attract many people to answer, urging them to focus on “quality content,” the press release on September 11 explained.
The Future Of Polling
The app allows anyone with a smart device to vote on any topic at any time. Even now, there are hundreds—if not thousands—of polls already created on the platform, with questions ranging from daily trifles to geopolitical issues. Notable personalities are also using the platform, as well as other startups and blockchain organizations.
Every vote is kept on ClearPoll’s blockchain, thereby making sure that nobody can be able to manipulate nor hack the survey results. Multiple voting and bot voting are also virtually impossible, giving poll makers an assurance that every participant voted only once.
ClearPoll also has other features which mainstream sites do not have. For instance, poll creators can provide 30 possible answers to their poll, and given blockchain technology’s immutable properties, the possibility of purchasing votes would be very unlikely. After a user has cast his vote, the poll would reveal the current percentage of votes immediately.
Daniel Abela, Co-Founder of ClearPoll, said in the press release:
“We wanted to create a platform that allowed everyone to have an equal voice—on any topic. To achieve this, we needed to secure it with blockchain technology—where the data simply cannot be manipulated or censored. The future of polling is ClearPoll.”
Abela’s statements are very ambitious, as even though the platform excels in many ways, but there’s a catch.
Given the chosen avenue for the polling, only those that will be installing the app would be able to answer the poll. Also, poll creators are given the option whether the poll will be made available for users who are situated on a specific geographical location, or if it will go global. Furthermore, poll creators can opt to invite their friends to supply their answer, thereby providing a possible bias on the results. Even those who are participating in the survey can be given the option to share the poll with their acquaintances.
Given these factors, the app, despite its features, will not be able to protect the poll creators against poor sampling. This could be one of the things that the ClearPoll developers could address in recent updates.
But to give credit where it’s due, the platform solves some polling issues that many social media sites like Twitter and Facebook fail to address.
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