The Kashmir Files: IMDb detects ‘unusual voting activity’ on film’s page, changes rating system

Vivek Agnihotri’s latest film The Kashmir Files released last week. Inspired by true events that unfolded in Kashmir after the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, the film has been receiving a lot of praise from cine-lovers. However, a recent development on the IMDb website shows how there has been “unusual voting activity” in relation to the film’s ratings.

IMDb is an online database of information related to movies, television series and online streaming content. Movies listed on IMDb include details such as cast, production crew and personal biographies, plot summaries, ratings, and fan and critical reviews. Recent developments with The Kashmir Files pertain to its ratings. The Kashmir Files’ IMDb page shows a note that read, “Our rating system has detected unusual voting activity on this headline. In order to maintain the reliability of our rating system, an optional load calculation has been implemented.”

General ratings on IMDb can be done by registered users who can cast one to ten votes on each title released in the database. IMDb states that “individual votes are then aggregated and summarized as a single IMDb rating that appears on the main page of the title.”

However, after the website observed “unusual activity”, IMDb changed its voting method to prevent manipulation. The Kashmir Files rating currently stands at 8.3, with 1,35,000 votes recorded. While 94 percent of users gave it a 10 rating, 4 percent of users gave it a 1 rating. IMDb explained the weighted ratings on its website: “IMDb publishes weighted vote averages rather than raw data averages.” The website mentions that under this method, they accept and consider all votes received by users, but not all votes have the same effect or weight on the final rating of the work. However, it is also mentioned that IMDb does not disclose the exact method used to generate the rating. IMDb also added that an optional load calculation is applied to maintain the “reliability” of their system when abnormal polling activity is detected. The website states that this is done to ensure that their rating mechanism remains “effective”.

It should be noted, soon after the film’s release, several users pointed out how The Kashmir Files got a 10/10 rating.

But as soon as IMDb detected the alleged “unusual activity”, it was pointed out by a user on Twitter. Agnihotri has also reacted to the issue and termed it as “unusual and immoral”.

The Kashmir Files released last week and stars Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi.

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