State AGs Weigh In Against Facebook In Robotexting Battle [telecom]

Advocacy groups, Democratic lawmakers and attorneys general from 36 states and the District of Columbia are urging the Supreme Court to rule against Facebook in a battle over unwanted text messages.

The fight stems from allegations that Facebook violated a federal robotexting law by sending text messages about a possible security breach to Montana resident Noah Duguid, who had apparently been assigned a recycled phone number. Duguid says the messages repeatedly notified him his account had been accessed, even though he didn't have an account with the service.

Duguid claimed in a 2015 class-action complaint that the messages violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits companies from using autodialers to send text messages without recipients' consent.

The legal battle now at the Supreme Court centers on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's definition of "autodialer."

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