Ajit Pai has admitted what most people already figured out that during the public comment period about Net Neutrality, Russian bot farms were polluting the process.
As many as nine and a half million people had their identities stolen and used to file fake comments, which is a crime under both federal and state laws,” she wrote. “Nearly eight million comments were filed from e-mail domains associated with FakeMailGenerator.com. On top of this, roughly half a million comments were filed from Russian e-mail addresses. Something here is rotten—and it’s time for the FCC to come clean.”
In his response, Pai says it is a “fact” that some of the comments were submitted using Russian e-mail addresses, but argues many of those comments supported net neutrality. The “fact” comment—as Gizmodo points out—is different than what was said in a court filing related to the lawsuit where the FCC claims it is not convinced of Russian interference.
The thing that I found crazy about this is that nearly 100% of the real responses… myself included… was in favor of keeping Net Neutrality rules but Pai ignored all of those and basically ignored at the time that there was a campaign of using fake accounts.