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Posted by: | on February 11, 2018
Source: National Cyber Security News
Before implementing policy and regulatory changes, federal agencies are legally required to permit the public to comment directly to the agency. At the end of the comment period, it is customary for the agency review the comments received and, occasionally, include comments received concerning the policy change or regulation.
Prior to the Federal Communication Commission’s decision to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules, the FCC received over 22 million comments. If that sounds like a lot, it is. So many, in fact, that it prompted a closer look by the agency. As a result of its investigation, it determined that millions of these comments were fake. According to multiple researchers, more than one million of the 22 million cumulative comments were bots that used natural language generation to artificially amplify the call to repeal net neutrality protections. On June 19, 2017, nearly 500,000 comments were submitted in a mere second and nearly all of them were identical. In fact, about 7,000 comments were submitted under the name, “The Internet” and over 400,000 of them came from Russian email addresses.
The FCC is not alone, as other agencies have received fake comments from living as well as dead Americans including the SEC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Labor (DOL).
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