Report: More Than 1 Million Pro-Internet Regulation Comments Came From Foreign Countries Like Russia

The Daily Caller | 5/15/2014 | Staff
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More than 1.3 million comments supporting a government takeover of the internet appear to have been submitted by users outside of the U.S., according to a forensic analysis published Monday.

Specifically, several remarks filed to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) public forum for net neutrality were done so from Germany, Russia and France, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) concluded in its report.

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The notion that so many of the responses did not originate from people within America is significant since the issue almost solely affects the country in which the policy debate is currently taking place.

The NLPC also discovered that more than 1 million “pro-net neutrality” comments came from an email address with a “Pornhub.com” extension. While the locations of the commenters were reportedly determined, whether they were automatically sent through something like a robot was not evident.

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The NLPC released another similar examination in May that alleged how so many “pro-net neutrality” responses were likely fake, since certain addresses listed under the commenters’ identification details didn’t exist. The conservative organization also says that so many of the comments were phony because the almost exact language used on a left-leaning nonprofit’s template was found in thousands and thousands of highly repetitive, but separate, posts.

“Every time we flip over a rock on these net neutrality comments, there is something amiss,” Peter Flaherty, president of the NLPC, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We have now done three separate analyses, and all three times we have found a substantial level of fraud. The bottom line is that a substantial percentage of pro-neutrality comments are fake.”

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TheDCNF did its own analysis of the FCC’s forum for public comments, and found that hundreds of thousands of posts supporting net neutrality are likely fake. (Fake “anti-net neutrality” comments also made their way on the forum, according to...
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