Verizon's apparently declined an abortion pro-choice group's application to run a text messaging campaign across their network. All the other US carriers are (understandably) fine with it.
So what's Verizon's rationale? Well, they disallow certain content with certain themes and abortion is one of them. Even stranger, text campaigns are things that people have to explicitly opt in for ... so this is the same as your ISP not allowing email from a pro-choice group to get delivered to your inbox, even if you've signed up for it.
Anyone else think this seems wrong?
Verizon's got a responsibility to protect their consumers from some degree of unsavory content... but suggesting they have the right to dictate what can and can't be delivered as SMS, just because the outdated common carrier laws don't treat SMS the same as voice is absurd.
Definitely feels like a "write your congressman" sort of moment.
From the New York Times via Reg Braithwaite