The Supreme Court sided with Facebook in a case claiming the company’s automated text alerts violated the 30-year-old ban on robocalls.
Automated calls: almost everyone gets them. And hardly anyone likes them.
The United States Supreme Court recently sided with Facebook in a case claiming that the social media platform’s automated text alerts violated the 30-year-old ban on robocalls.
Many people wonder if this move could lead to an increase in robocalls in the future.
Connect the dots.
First, to understand what happened, you have to go back to 1991. George HW Bush was president when he signed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Back then, most of us were using the dial-up internet, and there were now obsolete devices that could store and dial phone numbers.
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In 2015, a man who wasn’t on Facebook sued the social media company after receiving security alert text messages. He believed that they had violated the prohibition in the law on automatic dialing.
Facebook defended itself in court saying it did not break the law because it did not use an autodialer. This technology is old and outdated.
Some other big companies like Home Depot, Quicken Loans and United Healthcare have signed briefs supporting Facebook.
The court accepted their arguments, which is why you can start to receive more automated calls and texts from businesses, and everything is perfectly legal.
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