We're all occasionally guilty of caring too much about things that don't matter while neglecting important responsibilities that seem boring by comparison. The upcoming midterm elections on November 6 may be the perfect example of this—we may all know the status of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's relationship, but registering to vote and preparing for the polls will have far more impact on all our lives. To try and course-correct the media-obsessed men and women of Twitter, some crafty trolls are spreading around a prank that also serves an important purpose.
The prank is simple: use a gossipy story and enticing picture to trick Twitter users into clicking the link, which every time leads them to a voter registration website.
This is one of the first ever examples of classic clickbait being used to further the common good. By taking people to vote.org, these pranks will help increase voter turnout, which is ALWAYS a good thing.
The prank spread far and wide!
Historically, only about 40% of eligible voters exercise their Constitutional right during midterm elections, a shameful turnout compared to other countries with more convenient, well-thought-out polling systems. Hopefully these trolls will help bring out the vote even more!
Victims of the prank weren't even mad.
Some even went along with the lie to make sure more people would click the link!
Once people realized they'd been set up, they couldn't help but admit their mistake and register to vote!
The more people vote, the better our country runs.
Oh, by the way! A tourist in France just took this photo of a tiny monkey riding a French Poodle through a fancy restaurant. Click on that link—it's adorable.