(ConservativeInsider.org) – Telemarketers and scammers have been getting more prevalent over recent months, and there has been little that Americans can do to screen these calls. Sadly, a recent Supreme Court decision might lead to even more robocalls in the coming months if Congress doesn’t act fast.
Six years ago, Facebook repeatedly contacted a Montana man about his account security, even though he did not have a Facebook account and had never given them his phone number. The man sued Facebook for the unwanted robocalls under the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act. But, last Thursday, April 1, the Supreme Court ruled in Facebook’s favor:
In a unanimous ruling that could have a major impact on telemarketing, the Supreme Court ruled that Facebook cannot be sued for repeatedly texting customers security alerts because its texts didn't come from an autodialer.https://t.co/9PE4FyGpHd
— CNN (@CNN) April 4, 2021
This means many calling companies may switch from automatic dialers, which are restricted under the law, to Facebook’s dialing system in order to be able to make random calls without penalty. While this is unfortunate, the ruling was unanimous, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor noted that they “must interpret what Congress wrote” rather than what we might wish the law would be.
This ruling goes to show that many of our older laws involving technology and the internet need to be updated to keep up with the ever-changing technological advances in order to protect our citizens from ridiculous robocalls and scams.
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