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posted by chromas on Wednesday October 17 2018, @07:47PM   Printer-friendly

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After removing all duplicate and fake comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission last year, a Stanford researcher has found that 99.7 percent[pdf] of public comments—about 800,000 in all—were pro-net neutrality.

"With the fog of fraud and spam lifted from the comment corpus, lawmakers and their staff, journalists, interested citizens and policymakers can use these reports to better understand what Americans actually said about the repeal of net neutrality protections and why 800,000 Americans went further than just signing a petition for a redress of grievances by actually putting their concerns in their own words," Ryan Singel, a media and strategy fellow at Stanford University, wrote in a blog post Monday.


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by bob_super on Wednesday October 17 2018, @10:14PM (2 children)

    by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday October 17 2018, @10:14PM (#750170)

    What a wonderful example of whataboutism.

    One could respond that what Warren, Clinton, or some not-black woman identify as, based on some distant-to-non-existent relationship, really doesn't fucking matter and should never fucking matter to anyone who knows that deeds should supersede genes.
    Conversely, ignoring the opinion of hundreds of thousands of the people you supposedly serve, when they are overwhelmingly telling you that you are making a bad decision, just because you're an industry shill, does matter, because that's what representative democracy is about.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 17 2018, @10:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 17 2018, @10:18PM (#750173)

    Then don't back such shitty side in politics.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 18 2018, @11:15AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 18 2018, @11:15AM (#750389)


    It's okay when making jokes, even if they're shitty jokes. Plus, whataboutism isn't inherently wrong.

    One could respond that what [people] identify as [...] really doesn't fucking matter

    But whatabout[ism] when people [allegedly] use their identity to get an advantage over other people in affirmative action or diversity [] situations?