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Verizon Rejects Abortion Rights Group’s Messages

fresno

Sep 26, 2007, 10:21 PM
THE NAZI COMPANY IS AT IT AGAIN.. First they tell you what you can and cant do with your phone. They cripple phones and PDA's Now they want to tell you what you cant and cant read!!



The New York Times


September 27, 2007
Verizon Rejects Abortion Rights Group’s Messages
By ADAM LIPTAK

Saying it had the right to block “controversial or unsavory” text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon’s mobile network available for a text-message program.

The other leading wireless carriers have accepted the program, which allows people to sign up for text messages from Naral by sending a message to a five-digit number known as...
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depechemode82

Sep 26, 2007, 10:29 PM
Finally for once Verizon is doing something that I actually agree with! Good start...now let's work on going back to the manufacturer's ui!
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wombough

Sep 27, 2007, 2:21 AM
Not saying I agree or not with the group. I don't agree verizon should stop people from getting them if they sign up for them. Its censorship at its finest.
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bocephus22

Sep 27, 2007, 2:39 AM
I commend Verizon for taking a stand agains the NAZI group know as NARAL or NOW,everytingh shoudl be pro-life
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MidnightDT

Sep 27, 2007, 3:04 AM
VZW has the right to do business when who they want to, and they can refuse business from anyone they want to aswell. If you dont like it or if you cant live without getting your pro death text messages then port out.
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shadowstar

Sep 27, 2007, 4:06 AM
I also commend Verizon for taking a stand. The network belongs to them and they have the right to block any groups that they feel will be controversial. Additionally, VZW has the right to restrict access to anyone who they feel may use it in a way that would cause them to be liable. They don't block everything, but since this is a controversial topic and messages will communicate across their network, I agree that it's good for them to restrict it.
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wombough

Sep 27, 2007, 5:19 AM
oh please get over your views and stay on point.

The cable companies own their network to but you can access terrorist websites if you want on cable internet.

DSL is owned buy verizon as well as FIOS do they restrict this too? NO.

So let me hear your reason that a wireless network is any different from a wired network!
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Jessica108

Sep 27, 2007, 8:47 AM
I think you're misunderstanding this article. Verizon is blocking these texts because of how radical the messages can be. Imagine you are at home and you start getting these messages. Also, I know people who have signed others up for these things to try and run up their bill and be vindictive. I, for one, don't want my number getting messages from anyone other than people I know. It opens your phone up to a lot. When you sign up for services such as messages from groups, you are releasing your number to a whole bunch of groups that you never wanted your number to go to. My guess would be that you would be the FIRST to call customer service when you were getting unsolicited phone calls and text messages....or how about a virus??? This article...
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gstaytru

Sep 27, 2007, 8:57 AM
Signing up for this group's text messages would have been voluntary. You needed to send a short code to them. Same as signing up to Weather.com. A person could cancel at any time. I honestly don't see why Verizon rejected this group. Freedom of speech and activism is what America is all about.
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Jessica108

Sep 27, 2007, 9:02 AM
Because entering in a random code doesn't mean that it's you entering in your own number. When you go and enter in some random code that they give you, it's very easy for anyone to sit there and enter in a bunch of random letters and numbers and sign you up. If they required something specific to your cell phone account would be the only real way to verify that it's actually you and in order for them to have that your cell phone provider would have to release your information. Even if they send a verification with a code to an email, you can enter in any email address and get the code and off you are. Have you ever tried to cancel one of these things? I know that I sat there every single day typing STOP into my 14 year old cousin's cell phon...
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depechemode82

Sep 27, 2007, 10:52 AM
I'm glad that I am with a network that has the balls to stand up to these out of control liberal freaks! I am extending my contract for the next ten years!!!!! Smile
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TechToyJunkie

Sep 27, 2007, 11:11 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21011328/ »


Company had denied a request from pro-choice group to set up text alerts

NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless said on Thursday it reversed an earlier refusal to allow an abortion-rights advocacy group to set up a text-message alert system with subscribers and changed its policy on such messaging.

Verizon Wireless had denied a request from NARAL Pro-Choice America to set up text-message alerts for subscribers who sign up for notices with a number known as a short code.

The decision was based on what the company described as an "outdated" policy that aimed to protect subscribers from unwanted messages.

"The decision not to allow text messaging on an important, though sensitive, public policy issue ...
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SystemShock

Sep 27, 2007, 12:17 PM
Good move on VZW's part. Of course now, the anti-abortion groups are gonna get angry and boycott or something, I'm sure. Rolling Eyes

It's really a no-win situation, but they did do the right thing in the end.
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V4Vengeance

Sep 28, 2007, 10:31 PM
It makes sense that people would be allowed to choose what to read on the phones that they pay for. I'd hate to think that Big Brother controlled everyone's communication habits; fortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case.
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cilvzwagent

Sep 27, 2007, 11:15 AM
Ok... Forgive me, but I just feel like I need to put in my 2 cents here. Verizon is neither supporting nor rejecting this company, they are staying neutral. I 100% agree with their stance. If they allow something that is controversial to come across their network it would look as if they are supporting the issue. It's an out of sight, out of mind technique.

And for all of you who say that we just need to get off of our views and just deal with it? This entire country has become nothing but a joke. We ditch the majority and listen to the minority more than we should. Why should the majority have to keep shutting up while the minorities can go out and speak their minds freely, but yet when we do it, we're just trying to ruin the w...
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depechemode82

Sep 27, 2007, 12:08 PM
THANK YOU cilvzwagent !!!!! Reading your post gives me hope that there are still people out there that can save this country!!!! WELL SAID!!!!!!!
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cilvzwagent

Sep 27, 2007, 1:43 PM
Shocked Wow, you give me hope..... I totally expected my response to start a phonescoop war. Normally when I do, without any intentions of starting a war, it always just happens. Paranoid Just because there are many people out there like me, opinionated and not afraid to say so Cool
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target

Sep 27, 2007, 3:03 PM
cilvzwagent said:
... Ok... If they allow something that is controversial to come across their network it would look as if they are supporting the issue. ...


No, it's just the opposite. As soon as they start banning certain types of content then they are implying that ALL OTHER content is okay with them.

I'm happy to see that they changed their position on this. This is not about how they feel, or about controversial the topic is, this is about the inappropriateness of a service provider determining what messages are transmitted privately from one group or individual to another group or individual.
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shadowstar

Sep 27, 2007, 11:21 PM
Very good post cilvzwagnet, I'm glad you posted that. Just as depechemode82, I'm glad to know that there are still people like you out there
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wombough

Sep 28, 2007, 9:37 AM
so let me get this right your saying their wireless network is different then their ISP network?
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arsimckhoi

Sep 27, 2007, 12:09 PM
fresno you suck... just because you aren't able to get the shortcode on your phone doesn't mean you can't go somewhere else... if that's gonna make you leave your provider than you need a life, seriously...

verizon can stay neutral for political reasons if it wants, it's company, it's business is to make money and communist swine that live leftist fantasy need a reality check (hehe that's the only bashing I will ever do). dang i really need to go take my lithium....
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