The Robocall Nightmare Is Getting Worse

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No doubt you’ve gotten an automated phone call at one point in your life. But since 2015, reports of robocalls have increased at quite an alarming rate, with around 4.5 million robocall complaints filed in 2017, an increase of about 2.4 million robocalls since 2015. A few million calls may sound like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to the billions of robocalls being made every month.

A New York Times report details the extensive lengths robocallers are going to circumvent attempts from both government officials and phone companies to curb the number of robocalls. The report also highlights the removal of a particular Federal Communications Commission guideline that defined what an auto-dialer was, which could make it even more difficult for companies and federal officials to stop the spread of the robocall phenomenon.

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