DoJ Investigating Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments
An investigation seeks to find the truth concerning millions of fake comments submitted to the FCC in 2017 as the agency sought the opinion's public on net neutrality. The Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation of the matter at the request of those whose names were used without permission. A subpoena from the DoJ "seeks all communications with the organization about comments it filed with the FCC regarding revision of Obama-era 'net neutrality' rules," reports the Wall Street Journal. The FCC was flooded with millions of comments during the open comment period. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai conceded earlier this year that as many as 500,000 comments filed with the FCC were linked to Russia. A separate study suggests that almost half of the 22 million comments were illegitimate. Many others repeated the same message in favor of repealing the laws. As little as 17% of the comments appear to be legitimate. The FBI is seeking documents from at least two organizations to ascertain if identity theft was involved.
Nov 19, 2018
Instagram today said it is taking steps to reduce what it calls "inauthentic activity" across the social network. The company says more accounts have begun to use third-party apps to boost their follower numbers and inflate like counts.
Oct 1, 2018
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Sunday that made net neutrality the law, but the state was quickly sued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Nov 14, 2018
Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, wants Congress to prevent states from enacting their own net neutrality and privacy laws. "There are a number of states that are now passing their own legislation around privacy and, by the way, net neutrality."
Oct 26, 2018
California today said it has agreed not to enforce its own net neutrality law until a final decision is reached concerning the FCC's scrapping of Obama-era regulations. In December 2017, the FCC voted to get rid of the previous administration's net neutrality rules, which classified broadband as a utility under Title II and set bright line rules regarding internet traffic.
Jan 29, 2020
The US Department of Justice is seeking temporary restraining orders against five US companies responsible for connecting hundreds of millions of scam robocalls originating from India. The US companies provide VoIP services that allow overseas scammers to cheaply place millions of automated calls each hour, with spoofed caller-ID info.