Almost half of Americans receive spam robocalls on their cell phone every day. Annoying as they are, robocalls are tremendously profitable, and given the exploitability of the country’s caller ID system and court decisions siding with telemarketers, spam calls are on the rise. Here’s how you can stop them.
- Caller ID is at the root of the problem: invented in the ’80s, the system allows anyone to function as a carrier, while being unable to detect spammers.
- Individuals lack little legal recourse, and this year, a Facebook robocalling case at the Supreme Court could make spam calls more pervasive if Facebook wins.
- With carriers wary of regulating calls and the Do Not Call list applying only to live callers, the onus falls on individuals to use call-blocking apps like Nomorobo and YouMail.
Spam robocalls have exploded in popularity because they’re incredibly profitable and it’s impossible to enforce. There have been several legal cases that gave the callers cover, and there’s one at the Supreme Court that can make them even worse https://t.co/Uoi5qQqtnD
— Walter Hickey (@WaltHickey) March 3, 2021