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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: 2) by DannyB on Thursday May 11 2017, @03:40PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 11 2017, @03:40PM (#508131) Journal

    Just because people want high prices and no competition doesn't mean it is bots.

    Just because all of the postings are the same identical comment doesn't mean it is bots.

    Just because all those people posted their comments in the exact alphabetical order of their names, does not mean it is bots.

    Even if some of these people are dead, does not mean it is bots and that dead people don't have opinions even if they differ from yours.

    (this message brought to you by the Telecom, ISP and Cable industries. I am Randall L. Stephenson and I approved this message)

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 12 2017, @08:47AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 12 2017, @08:47AM (#508549)

    The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet is smothering innovation, damaging the American economy and obstructing job creation. 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.