An investigation has been launched into millions of fake comments surrounding the repealment of net neutrality.
Net neutrality repealment would lift rules that prohibit internet service providers from slowing or ‘throttling’ some web traffic and create so-called paid internet fast lanes.
Following pressure from the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Communications Commission has agreed to cooperate in their investigation into these fake comments on net neutrality’s comment process, which used real American identities.
A tweet from A.G. Schneiderman shows that one of his very own colleagues had their identity used to post fake comments in favor of the repeal.
“Federal law guarantees every American a voice in this process,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. “But ladies and gentleman, an investigation by my office has revealed that this process has been deeply corrupted. For six months now, attorneys in my office have been reviewing millions of comments submitted to the FCC’s website about net neutrality. What we have found so far is extremely disturbing.”
The Attorney General’s office created a webpage for New Yorkers to check whether their identities were wrongfully used without consent.
Schneiderman urges all to check whether their identity was misused and report it to his office to further aid the investigation.
In order to check if your identity was wrongly used, click here.