Amazing. I read an article that the NY Attorney General is filing suit against the FCC because millions of comments in favor of the FCC discontinuation of Net Neutrality are fake. The article pointed to a link where you can search the comments to see if your name was used falsely. I searched mine, my wife’s, my brothers… Here is a comment I found by someone named Kevin McFarland — though not my brother because the address is in Missouri.
A Google search for the text showed that it was one of the strings of text reused by many of the proponents and suspected bots. Copy and paste is used by both sides of these types of public comment periods. Nothing wrong with it.
Except then I found out that this Kevin McFarland died in 2014. First I did a search for Kevin McFarland in O’Fallon, Missouri. I found that, per the comment in favor of ending Net Neutrality, he and Susan own a home at 32 Hollywood Drive. Then a search for Kevin and Susan McFarland led me to this obituary. His obituary ends with…
Mr. McFarland was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.
Despicable. Someone has programmed a bot to scrape death records and then upload them as comments in favor of deregulation. This is just one that I happened to find. Search for your name and then contact the Attorney General in your state to file a complaint.