Investigation Finds Fake FCC Comments Widespread
Does this need regulating? Of the 23 million comments on the Federal Communications Commission docket on net neutrality, many are fake, often using identities pilfered by online bots, a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed. Recently red-flagged by New York’s attorney general, the fraudulent comments, which the agency is required to consider, fall on both sides of the net neutrality issue — including some 800,000 identical messages favoring the FCC’s expected Thursday decision to deregulate and another 300,000 duplicated comments against it. The Pew Research Center estimates only 6 percent of comments are unique.