Shareholder Astroturfing: Latest Tactic In Net Neutrality Debate
from the the-next-pointless-battle dept
We’ve spent way too much time on how both sides of the net neutrality debate have used astroturfing and other dishonest (or simply ridiculous) tactics to push their own side forward. However, it seems that every time you think you’ve seen it all, one side sinks even lower. The latest can best be described as “shareholder astroturfing.” A mutual fund that owns a tiny bit of Microsoft stock is trying to use that to force the company to issue a report explaining its stand on net neutrality — which, of course, the mutual fund claims is “expanded government regulation for the internet.” Microsoft is asking the SEC if it can ignore the demand, as it really has nothing to do with Microsoft explaining its position, but is really just a PR stunt by anti-net neutrality supporters.