Bots flooded net neutrality comments

The Gravwell analytics team has analysed the 22 million comments submitted to the FCC over net neutrality, and found that most of them came from bots.

According to the company, it scraped the entirety of the FCC comments and put them into the Gravwell platform.

Gravwell made the following findings:

  • A small minority of comments are unique – 17.4%.
  • The highest occurrence of a single comment was over 1 million.
  • Most comments were submitted in bulk and many came in batches with incorrect information.
  • Over 1 million comments in July claimed to have a email address.
  • Bot herders can be observed launching the bots. There are submissions from people living in the state of “{STATE}” that happened minutes before a large number of comment submissions.

“When looking at the raw total number of comments, the majority fall into the anti-neutrality camp,” said Gravwell.

However, after refining comments to include those submitted via the FCC website, the opposite is true.

People are overwhelmingly in support of net neutrality regulations.

Now read: Microsoft and Google back net neutrality

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