HRC Takes Action With FCC Against Anti-Gay Spam Texts
Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is responding to a series of spam texts that have been sent out to voters by filing for a complete investigation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The texts were suggestive in nature, stating that because of President Obama’s support of marriage equality, as well as being pro-choice is reason not to vote another term as president:
“Obama endorses the legality of same-sex marriage. Say No to Obama at the polls on Nov 6.”
“Obama supports homosexuality and its radical social agenda. Say No to Obama on Nov 6!,”
“Obama denies protection to babies who survive abortions. Obama is just wrong,”
“Stop Obama from forcing gay marriage on the states. Your vote is your voice,”
“Seniors cant afford to have 4 more years of Obama budget cuts to Medicare.”
The source of the spam tweets were revealed be that of ccAdvertising, a firm that specializes in politics. The company has a history of doing this before. The violation is because customers pay for their phone/texting services and as a result shouldn’t have to receive these bothersome anti-equality hate messages, especially those that promote hate. In a letter filed with the FCC, HRC asks that ccAdvertising be fined $10000 for each violation:
The consumers did not ask to receive these text messages and did not give their prior express consent to ccAdvertising to have text messages sent to their cell phones. Because ccAdvertising is a repeated violator of the TCPA, and for the reasons outlined below, we urge you to find that ccAdvertising knowingly and willfully violated the TCPA by sending these texts, and impose the maximum fine of $10,000 per violation.
Good job HRC for taking swift action against this shady company.