August 8, 2020
US Supreme Court to decide if Facebook’s automated alert texts are illegal robocalls

US Supreme Court to Hear Facebook’s Defense after Appellate Court Rules it Violated Anti-Robocall Laws

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appellate case that found Facebook violated anti-robocalls rules with its automated text alerts…

About five years ago, in 2015, non-Facebook user Noah Duguid sued Facebook because the social network kept sending him unwanted text messages. The alerts stated someone was attempting to access his nonexistent Facebook account. Duguid complained but couldn’t get the social site to stop sending the messages. Now, the US Supreme Court is about to get involved.

US Supreme Court to Decide if Facebook’s Automated Alert Texts are Illegal Robocalls

The case made its way up to an appellate court, which determined that said alerts did violate anti-robocall laws. As a result, Facebook petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear its defense. This means the high court will have to determine whether or not Facebook’s automatic text alerts constitute an “automatic telephone dialing system.”

Plaintiff Duguid argued that the messages violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law intended to protect American consumers from unsolicited auto-dialed calls. Facebook argued the text were sent in error.

Moreover, that its automated system functioned similarly to a normal smartphone. So, a ruling against the practice would make ordinary calls illegal. However, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed. Consequently, the court classified the texts as “automated, unsolicited, and unwanted” messages.

Should the US Supreme Court rule against Facebook, the social network might have to pay damages to any users who received those unwanted texts, within a specific period of years.

Owen E. Richason IV

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