Facebook Settles Spam SMS Lawsuit
Facebook seems to have “patented” the SSMS, or the Spam SMS, for recycled phone numbers. The social networking site recently settled a lawsuit in which it was accused of sending unsolicited text messages to mobile users.
December 19, 2007
According to plaintiff Lindsey Abrams of Patriot, Ind, the site kept sending her numerous text messages, for which she was charged 10 cents apiece and Facebook got its share of the fee.
The problem stemmed from the fact that Verizon had provided Abrams with a recycled phone number which supposedly had previously belonged to a Facebook user. Furthermore, it seems that this was not a singular case, but in fact affected many other mobile users with similar numbers.
The terms of the settlement state that Facebook must update its current practices so that non-Facebook-ers won't be bothered by such spam any longer. Also, Facebook will simplify the opt-out process for such messages, as well as keeping a close eye on the lists of recycled phone numbers provided by carriers.
Last but not least, the social networking site will pay Abrams's legal fees.