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The Telegraph's Tactical Voting Tool Was Coded To Never Recommend The SNP

The SNP was renamed "NOPE" in the source code.

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But, as reported in Private Eye this week, if you live in a Scottish constituency – regardless of what you said your politics were – it would just tell you to vote against the SNP:

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale is the only remaining Conservative seat in Scotland, where the SNP came in a very close second and Labour a distant third. So you'd expect a tactical voting tool to tell people who wanted to keep David Cameron out to vote for the SNP, as the party most likely to unseat David Mundell, the sitting Tory MP. Instead, it tells you to vote against it.

In fact the blanket rejection of the SNP was hard-coded into the tool to ensure it never recommended the party – and while every other party was named, the function for dealing with Scottish seats was simply called "NOPE".


You can read more about it in this week's edition of Private Eye.

Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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