Supporters of President Donald Trump on Reddit are possibly being duped into becoming opponents to net neutrality by a one-month-old account with almost no previous activity. The account in question, geotus, has posted for 15-days exclusively in r/The_Donald, a subreddit where nearly half a million followers refer to Trump as a “God Emperor.” Nearly all of geotus’ activity has had to do with opposing net neutrality.
Net neutrality is the principle that any internet service providers from Comcast to Verizon should offer the same level of access to all content and applications regardless of the source, without throttling speed or access to others. Many sites like Google and Twitter recently took part in the “Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality,” after Ajit Pai, head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and appointed by President Donald Trump in January, proposed changes to the rule.
According to Reuters, “Pai wants the commission to repeal the rules that reclassified internet service providers as if they were utilities, saying the open internet rules adopted under former President Barack Obama harm jobs and investment.”
In May, the FCC voted 2-1 to advance a Republican plan to reverse net neutrality.
The above video was shared by geotus on r/The_Donald and was noticed by followers on r/HailCorporate, a separate subreddit dedicated to identifying perceived corporate subterfuge. r/HailCorporate followers believe that a similar thing is happening with net neutrality like what happened in the 2016 election, where Russia hired internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans to excite the base, reports Business Insider.