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Verizon Wireless Was In on the Censorship Racket- Deciding Who Can Send Text Messages
 


2 October 2007 at 1:34:08 PM
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I wrote about something simliar with AT&T yesterday-and it's notable that AT&T is getting quite the reputation for not only illegally spying on people and sharing phone records with the government (which is AGAINST THE LAW) but has decided it can censor information and even dump you as a customer if you say anything negative about them. Wah! Maybe their *in* with the Bushies can help them put those dang critical customers into Gitmo. Anyway, Verizon Wireless also decided that they could decide who could use their text messaging, based on idealogy. After there was a big stink about it, they changed course.

Reversing course, Verizon Wireless announced today that it would allow an abortion rights group to send text messages to its supporters on Verizon’s mobile network.

“The decision to not allow text messaging on an important, though sensitive, public policy issue was incorrect,” Jeffrey Nelson, a spokesman for Verizon, said in a statement, adding that the earlier decision was an “isolated incident.”

Last week, Verizon rejected a request from the abortion rights group Naral Pro-Choice America for a five-digit “short code.” Such codes allow people interested in hearing from businesses, politicians and advocacy groups to sign up to receive text messages.

Verizon is one of the two largest mobile carriers. The other leading carriers had all accepted Naral’s request for the code.

In turning down the request last week, Verizon told Naral that it “does not accept issue-oriented (abortion, war, etc.) programs — only basic, general politician-related programs (Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, etc.).”

Today, Mr. Nelson called that “an incorrect interpretation of a dusty internal policy” that “was designed to ward against communications such as anonymous hate messaging and adult materials sent to children.” The policy, Mr. Nelson said, had been developed “before text messaging protections such as spam filters adequately protected customers from unwanted messages.”

But the program requested by Naral would have sent messages only to people who had asked to receive them.


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