Forget Astroturf, Fake Net Neutrality Commenters Popping Up Like Weeds
from the getting-silly dept
It’s no secret that the net neutrality “debate” (on which neither side seems to be willing to address the real issue concerning competition) has become a high stakes game involving huge corporate interests pretending to stir up grassroots support for their position. Given the popularity of blogs, it’s no surprise that the astroturf efforts would jump on blogs as a way to spread their fake grassroots messages — but what may be most interesting is how some of these efforts seem to stick out. While some have taken to actively pointing out some of the questionable comments while wondering about who’s paying them, what’s more interesting is how various bloggers seem to almost immediately realize what’s going on. In the last week, we’ve seen bloggers at IP Inferno and The Technology Liberation Front both become curious about some odd comments on their previous network neutrality posts. The comments are all against network neutrality regulation, no matter what the original blog’s position is — and all ring extremely hollow. None add anything substantive. All use silly usernames that almost appear to be someone trying too hard to blend in. To be honest, it’s not at all surprising that some PR firm or whatever would think it’s a good idea to waste money hiring people to do this — but it’s really impressive just how bad they are at it, and just how easy it is to spot the comments.