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How to stop those unwanted political texts

How to stop those unwanted political texts
Posted at 8:14 AM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 09:17:43-04

Have you received any unwanted political texts lately?

Americans will receive more than three billion -- with a b -- political text messages this year, according to the app Robokiller.

First it was unwanted call, then emails and now text messages that are driving voters crazy this election year.

But there are ways to stop these texts!

They pop up at all hours of the day.

Political text messages, urging you to help turn the country red or blue.

To vote for Joe Biden or President Trump.

"Yes, I have received text messages from them."

Just about every voter has.

“Oh yes I get a lot of strange text messages. What are they telling you? To vote for this person or that person."

The worst is when these texts distract you from something you should be focusing on.

Such as cooking dinner or driving.

So how do they get your number? Usually from your voter records.

"When you register to vote, your voter file is public record. Usually you provide your phone number and It is available to campaigns."

Giulia Porter is with Robokiller, an app that blocks spam, phone calls and texts.

She says the easiest solution is to text the word "stop" back to the sender, assuming it is not a scammer.

"So, it is OK if you feel this is a real campaign, to reply and ask to be removed from the list,” she said.

Meanwhile, Iphones have an almost-secret text blocking feature according to the tech site Zdnet.

Go to settings, messages, and turn on "filter unknown senders."

Finally, if you get both spam texts and calls, consider an app like Robokiller or several others, for a few dollars a month.

If these texts are bothering you …

"I don’t like it, it’s uncomfortable."

The good news is you can stop them.

Text messages used to cost about 25 cents each, but most cell plans these days offer unlimited texting, so they are not running up your bill.

And as always, don’t waste your money.