Political Texts and Calls Invade Consumer Privacy – Cross the Line

American’s Plead with Mobile Service Providers – Stop Political Texts & Calls  

Cristal M Clark 

American’s are getting fed up with all of the political calls and texts being sent out lately, mostly from seemingly the Republican party. We do not pay our high Mobile service bills just to be inundated with political pleas for donations and votes for Trump non-stop day and night. Some of these come in late at night or in the wee hours of the morning and quite frankly we are sick of it, it’s actually a turn off in terms of voter interest. 

Think of it like a potential romantic partner who is hitting someone up too much via texting/calling. It’s a complete turn off, makes us feel uneasy and creeped out, if the Rebulican party or any other political party wants funding they need to run an ad on television not inundate people with text messages and pre-recorded calls to our mobile devices. 

In general many American’s are feeling drained here, not only that but the calls and texts in particular the ones seemingly from the Trump campaign are crossing the line because people are reporting they never gave express permission to receive political texts or calls to mobile devices. From what I have found after carefully researching the problem is that overwhelmingly many of the invasive calls and texts being placed to mobile devices are being generated from the “Republican” party who are going after Democratic voters. Not only that but they could be coming from overseas, Russia namely. 

That highlights another issue in the US in that voter registrations are public so virtually anyone knows what party affiliation you are or can easily obtain that information from free, online public records. 

Here is what the FTC has to say about the issue:

Political campaign-related autodialed or prerecorded voice calls (including autodialed live calls, prerecorded voice messages, and text messages) are:

  • Not allowed to cell phones, pagers, or other mobile devices without the called party’s prior express consent.
  • Not allowed to protected phone lines such as emergency or toll-free lines, or lines serving hospitals or similar facilities, unless made with the called party’s prior express consent.
  • Allowed when made to landline telephones, even without prior express consent.

Robotexts are text messages generated through autodialing. Under the TCPA, these are considered a type of call and fall under all the robocall rules.  As text messages generally go to mobile phones, they require the called party’s prior express consent if they are generated using autodialing.

So my advice to everyone receiving these, if you are sick of them, get online and report every number you are getting calls and texts from to the FTC. You can store the numbers and report them weekly the point is, thousands of American’s are getting these calls and texts to mobile devices daily and in short it is legally a form of meddling as well as not allowed under current FTC rules and it needs to stop. 

Better Yet, The FTC can Fine Team Trump, a very large and bankrupting fine.

Cristal M Clark

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