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Cur­rently, many on­line vot­ing ac­tiv­i­ties spring up on WeChat Mo­ments. The par­tic­i­pants are mostly stu­dents whose par­ents try ev­ery means to per­suade their friends and rel­a­tives to vote for their chil­dren in these con­tests. Many peo­ple find it dis­turb­ing when asked to vote since they are not in­ter­ested in vot­ing. But even­tu­ally they tend to par­tic­i­pate for fear of hurt­ing their friends.

The no­tice is­sued by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of Zhe­jiang Prov­ince on on­line vot­ing in­tends to reg­u­late vot­ing ac­tiv­i­ties from kinder­gartens and mid­dle schools to high schools and col­leges. On­line vot­ing, which has de­vi­ated from its orig­i­nal aim, not only dis­turbs peo­ple’s nor­mal so­cial life but also causes havoc on stu­dents’ growth and val­ues. As an un­fair way of win­ning, vote

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