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A facelift firm is being slapped with a $300,000 fine by New York state for flooding the internet with fake positive reviews about itself. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said the case is believed to be the first in the US to punish so-called "astroturf" marketing. Under a settlement deal announced Tuesday, the cosmetic …
and doesn't spread outside the US, shouldn't this be the sort of thing that's under the federal government's purview- or perhaps a 22-state Class Action Lawsuit to sort it out at once?
I'm all for keeping an eye on what companies do and punishing underhand stuff, but let's face it- they've not been tapping tens of thousands of 'net connections or anything. So their punishment should be fairly severe- you want to prevent a re-occurance- but it should be proportional.
And if all 22 states they operate in can bring similar lawsuits to the NY one, that's a pretty disproportionate amount of punishment for a few forum posts...
If nothing else we should be discouraging local government from having too much to do with a global network...
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