Today, Verizon Wireless raised some eyebrows when the company announced that it will allow an abortion rights group to create and send a text message alert system for its subscribers after the mobile phone firm originally declined the partnership.
The initial decision to not service the NARAL Pro-Choice America text message alerts was due to a company policy called a “dusty internal policy” which is supposed to shield subscribers from any unwanted messages.
Since the establishment of this policy, Verizon Wireless has said that the firm has created spam filters and other tools to identify and block hate messages or those containing adult content.
Jeffery Nelson, a Verizon Wireless spokesman stated in Reuters “The decision not to allow text messaging on an important, though sensitive, public policy issue was incorrect, and we have fixed the process that led to this isolated incident.”
Nelson continued, “We have great respect for this free flow of ideas and will continue to protect the ability to communicate broadly through our messaging service.” Verizon has also said that it will not restrict services to other campaigns proposed for potentially controversial content.
Other wireless companies have also said they will partner with NARAL to allow a group text message to release on their networks.