WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Thursday that only about 10 percent of the public comments it has received by e-mail about the Microsoft antitrust settlement were substantive, while others ranged from form letters to pornography.
The department said it received more than 30,000 messages. Under federal law, such a comment period was required before a federal judge decides whether the controversial settlement is in the public interest.
Overall, the department said it received about 7,500 comments from people in favor of the settlement reached by the federal government and nine states, while 15,000 opposed it. Another 7,000 comments were dismissed as opinion, like “I hate Microsoft.”