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12/14/2017
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2 Million Fake Net Neutrality Comments Stole American Identities

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman updates the investigation into fake content submitted during the net neutrality comment process.

The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today released new details on the investigation into fraudulent content submitted during the net neutrality comment process. Updated analysis shows two million comments stole real Americans' identity. 

Those two million comments included more than 100,000 comments per state from New York, Florida, Texas, and California, which are the most heavily affected states. More than 5,000 people to date have filed reports on identities used to submit fake comments regarding the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality. 

The FCC is scheduled to vote on the repeal today, December 14, and plans to move forward with the vote despite evidence the public comment process was compromised, the AG's office reports. AG Schneiderman says moving forward with the vote "would make a mockery of our public comment process" and the FCC "must postpone this vote."

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SchemaCzar
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SchemaCzar,
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12/15/2017 | 9:17:28 AM
Ratio of "pro" to "con" fake posts could suggest unseen economic or political motives
Schneiderman's office did a valuable service.  Now this is definitely one of the more useless ways of gauging public opinion - no real authenticated identity to canvass citizens?  

However, the question I have is what is the ratio pro/con of fake comments?  If we see one side or the other exerting money and effort to swing the decision, it may lead us to hidden consequences of rescinding or preserving net neutrality that would give us further information in this important debate.

It's sort of disappointing that Schneiderman did not reveal this ratio.
gruntsters
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gruntsters,
User Rank: Strategist
12/15/2017 | 11:35:21 AM
Re: Ratio of "pro" to "con" fake posts could suggest unseen economic or political motives
I agree. Which way did the 2 million accounts lean? Why hasn't the NY AG listed this information?
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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12/15/2017 | 3:41:25 PM
Re: Ratio of "pro" to "con" fake posts could suggest unseen economic or political motives
As a past resident of NY State, I have many reasons to hate ALBANY and all that goes on there.  BUT ONE WORD OF GREAT ADVICE ----- IF you have or had relatives in the state, checked UNCLAIMED FUNDS ---- We came away with a substantial chunk of unknown change in the XX,XXX.xx number range. 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
12/18/2017 | 7:09:16 PM
Addresses of commenters
WTH?

I'm really concerned how much of these comments are a matter of public record. People's names and addresses are often enough to commit identity theft.

Of course, the same goes for most voting records.

It's a shame, really.
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