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Trump Jr. Falls Flat On His Face After Blaming Obama For Repeal Of Net ‘Neutality’ On Twitter

Donald Trump Jr. got more than he bargained for when he tried to blame former President Barack Obama for the FCC’s decision to repeal Net Neutrality Rules.

The president’s son used the platform to criticize supporters of net neutrality after the Federal Communications Commission repealed the Title II protections that kept the internet a public utility.

“I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality actually explain it in detail,” Trump Jr. wrote. “I’d also bet most hadn’t heard of it before this week. #outrage,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.

Unfortunately, Trump Jr. doesn’t have his facts in order. In reality, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was appointed by President Donald Trump in January despite fierce opposition from Democrats. The commission voted to repeal the net neutrality protections in a 3-2 vote, with Pai voting in the majority.

Net neutrality rules were initially put in place to ensure that internet service providers, ISPs, treated all information and content across the web equally. Repealing the Title II protections would allow internet service providers, such as Verizon or Comcast, to decide what content would be blocked or offered at slower speeds in favor of the company’s own content.

More than 20 U.S. senators attempted to delay Thursday’s vote after suspecting that the FCC was flooded with fraudulent comments, especially those in favor of the repeal. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened an investigation, which showed that up to 2 million comments were submitted under false names.

Schneiderman announced that he would sue to prevent the rollbacks on Thursday. In a YouTube video, Schneiderman criticized the FCC’s lack of assistance in his office’s investigation and called the vote a travesty.

“Today’s vote also follows a public comment process that was deeply corrupted, including 2 million comments that stole the identities of real people,” Schneiderman said in his video. “This is a crime under New York law ― and the FCC’s decision to go ahead with the vote makes a mockery of government integrity and rewards the very perpetrators who scammed the system to advance their own agenda.”

Trump Jr., however, decided to spread some “alternative facts” on Twitter in an attempt to blame Obama for the decision. To make matters worse, he misspelled “Net Neutrality” (NetNeutality). It didn’t go well.

Twitter was compelled to respond. Here are some highlights:

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