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posted by martyb on Thursday May 11 2017, @09:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the duplicitous-comments dept.

A bot is thought to be behind the posting of thousands of messages to the FCC's website, in an apparent attempt to influence the results of a public solicitation for feedback on net neutrality.

Late last month, FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced his agency's plans to roll back an Obama-era framework for net neutrality, which rule that internet providers must treat all internet content equally.

Since then, the FCC's public comments system has been flooded with a barrage of comments -- well over half-a-million responses at the time of writing -- in part thanks to comedian John Oliver raising the issue on his weekly show on Sunday.

[...] But a sizable portion of those comments are fake, and are repeating the same manufactured response again and again:

[...] "The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet is smothering innovation, damaging the American economy and obstructing job creation," the comment says. "I urge the Federal Communications Commission to end the bureaucratic regulatory overreach of the internet known as Title II and restore the bipartisan light-touch regulatory consensus that enabled the internet to flourish for more than 20 years."

NotSanguine called it! https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?sid=19421&cid=506966

http://www.zdnet.com/article/a-bot-is-flooding-the-fccs-website-with-fake-anti-net-neutrality-comments/


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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by bzipitidoo on Thursday May 11 2017, @03:06PM

    by bzipitidoo (4388) on Thursday May 11 2017, @03:06PM (#508108) Journal

    One danger is that the FCC leadership will deliberately overlook the sources and use this to say public support for net neutrality is weak, because their corporate backers want net neutrality killed. That would be a classic Trump administration move.

    Seems it's only a question of when Trump finally goes too far, if he hasn't already with the timing and manner of Comey's firing. He's too much of an idiot to keep a majority of public opinion on his side. He may well be a puppet president already, doing as his masters in the corporate world and Russia direct so that he'll be allowed to remain POTUS a little longer, until they no longer can get any further use out of him. One thought is that the Republican Congress will throw him under the bus in a heartbeat as the 2018 midterms approach, if he looks like a political liability, which he very well may. If Congressional Republicans turn on him, he's toast. Wouldn't surprise me if a group of them has already had some articles of impeachment written up, and has them tucked away until they're wanted.

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