Two US senators Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican, who both had their identities stolen and then used to post fake public comments on— are calling on Chairman to address how as many as were filed under stolen names.
“We were among those whose identities were misused to express viewpoints we do not hold,” said Monday in a letter addressed to Pai. “We are writing to express our concerns about these fake comments and the need to identify and address fraudulent behavior in the rulemaking process.”
In December, just one day before the FCC voted to two senators also suggested the FCC consider using Captcha technology to help weed out comments posted by bots and encouraged Pai to investigate the actors behind the millions of fake comments., New York’s attorney general reported that as many as submitted to the agency misused identities of real citizens. The
“We need to prevent the deliberate misuse of Americans’ personal information and ensure that the FCC is working to protect against current and future vulnerabilities in its system,” the senators wrote.