WGXC-90.7 FM

Radio News: Are you really commenting on a proposed government law?

May 24, 2018 10:50 pm
TechDirt reports that the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality with a December 2017 vote after millions of fake comments were made to the FCC's website in support of the repeal. That's old news, and the FCC was supposed to have done something about allowing so many fake replies to its public comment process. It has not. Well, the FCC has blocked a law enforcement investigation into who was behind the posting of the fake comments. And the Government Accountability Office still is investigating. Two Senators, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), aren't happy about that. They sent a letter May 21 to FCC chief Ajit Pai demanding action. Both of these senators "identities" filed false comments on the FCC’s net neutrality proposals. "Late last year, the identities of as many as two million Americans were stolen and used to file fake comments during the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) comment period for the net neutrality rule,” the Senators wrote in a letter to Pai. “We were among those whose identities were misused to express viewpoints we do not hold. We are writing to express our concerns about these fake comments and the need to identify and address fraudulent behavior in the rulemaking process." Now they want the FCC to add CAPTCHA technology to block some of the bots from posting fake comments in the names of other Americans. The internet fraud is not just at the FCC's website: The Wall Street Journal reported that 40 percent of the comments about the Labor Department’s “fiduciary rule” were also fake.