The Net Neutrality battle continues raging on while the proposal is bound to be defended at court. As discussed before, the repeal of Net Neutrality protections grants ISPs a huge amount of power. Giving them the capability to censor content and block websites alongside charging more for their services.
The FCC has been dead set on repealing these laws since the very beginning. Despite the fact that many people have backlashed against them from the Gaming Industry to Major Corporations like Google. And so, not only have they had to resort to bots and Russian Agents, but also dead people.
According to reports from several people, the agency has been using dead people’s social media accounts to spread propaganda and shill for the repeal. Several users from Twitter and Reddit have mentioned how the FCC has used the data of dead relatives to push their agenda:
Hey, @AjitPaiFCC, today my mom would have turned 71. But she didn't. Because she died in March of 2016. Can you please take the time to explain to me how she made three separate comments in support of ending #NetNeutrality more than a year after she died?
— Mackenzie Astin (@MackenzieAstin) December 15, 2017
This is a rather spineless attitude taken by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. However, it’s not all that surprising considering that Internet service providers, Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T spent over half a billion dollars lobbying the FCC.
This isn’t the first time this has happened however. According to Independent, Fake Twitter accounts created using the identities of recently-deceased people were being used to smear a respected British human rights journalist, in a sophisticated dirty tricks campaign back in 2015.
These identities include Philip Goodeve-Docker, a British novice Arctic explorer who died on a charity trek in Greenland in 2013, and Samuel Morehead, a Second World War veteran from Texas who also died in 2013, to create false Twitter accounts.
With this said, it’s simply bizarre (And should be illegal) that companies have been using Dead People’s information to push agendas. It’s a questionable effort that makes some people paranoid about their deaths because in the future, they may be advocating for even worse causes without much of a say.