Below is the first part of an article by Christopher Zara from ibtimes.com. It reads…
You might not be interested in joining Twitter, but that doesn’t mean the service won’t follow you anyway.
That’s according to a class-action lawsuit filed by a Massachusetts woman who claims she was hounded into a frenzy last year by recurrent text messages from Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR), despite the fact that she never consented to the messages and doesn’t even have a Twitter account.
The lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Northern California, said the plaintiff, Beverly Nunes, received a new cellphone number in November 2013 and almost immediately began receiving “impersonal, promotional text messages several times per day.” The messages came from Twitter’s text-messaging short code, 40404. Twitter has used the same code for several years; in fact, a quick Google search of the code reveals online complaints about frequent text messages dating back to at least 2010.
According to the Twitter help desk, texting the word “STOP” twice in succession should stop the updates, but Nunes claims the messages kept coming despite her explicit stop requests. The messages in question were solicitations to earn points from Swagbucks.com, an online rewards program. The lawsuit claims the messages are a direct violation of the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which restricts the use of automated telephone solicitations, including SMS (short message service) text messages.