Thursday, September 27, 2007

Censor Verizon

Update: According to NARAL, Verizon Has Caved!
You can use your phone now.

If you buy cellphone service from Verizon, it's time to look for a different carrier. It seems that Verizon wireless is censoring text messages of its customers-messages they deem unsavory. Those include messages from NARAL.

Here's the text of the email:

I've got some bad news for you: even your cell phone isn't safe from censorship.
Last week Verizon Wireless deemed NARAL Pro-Choice America too "controversial" and "unsavory" to approve a short code for our text-messaging program.
Not familiar with the term "short code"? That's okay. The bottom line is that Verizon won't let its customers access our text-messaging program.
Verizon's decision sends chills down my spine. What kind of company would deny its customers who signed up to receive information the ability to use their cell phones to participate in our democracy? That's just wrong.
I've sent a letter to Verizon president and CEO Lowell McAdam asking him to end his company's policy. But Verizon hasn't contacted me with an official response - so now I'm asking for your help.
Please send your own message to Verizon opposing their decision today!
The principle at stake here is simple. Verizon Wireless' customers have every right to decide what actions to take with their phones, regardless of their political views.
If you think that Verizon, which controls 25 percent of the cell-phone market, has no business deciding what information their customers can and can't receive,
I hope you take action today.
Thank you for standing with us.
My best,

Nancy Keenan President NARAL Pro-Choice America
Visit the web address below to tell your friends about Verizon's censorship.
If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for NARAL Pro-Choice America's Choice Action Network.


Tina said...

Hmmmm--we used to wonder if Big Brother was watching we can wonder if Big Telephone is censoring us.

Adam said...

It is not censorship when one denies another the use of one's property to communicate their ideas.

Am I 'censoring' graffitti artists when I whitewash a wall on the front of my building to replace it with a mural?

This is the exact same situation, only with digital property and not physical property. To equate this with censorship is a gross misunderstanding of the meaning of the word censorship.

Having said that, I would support any boycott of Verizon for making this decision.