NTC has ordered Facebook, Lazada, and Shopee to stop selling text blast machines

Facebook, Lazada, and Shopee have been ordered by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to stop selling text blast machines.

According to Inquirer.net, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued cease-and-desist orders against Facebook (Marketplace), the Philippines, Lazada E-Services Philippines Inc., and Shopee Philippines, according to Inquirer.net. The directives themselves were published on Tuesday and were dated October.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) noted in the orders that it had not permitted the importation, manufacturing, sale, or distribution of devices like the Hitech SMS Blaster, SMS Location Blasting System, or other comparable items found on their respective platforms. The selling of this type of equipment is illegal by Republic Act 3846, often known as the Radio Control Law and many rules and regulations, such as the Prohibition of Portable Cellular Mobile Repeater and Portable Cell Site Equipment, issued on February 2, 2013.

Text blast machines will cost between PHP 200,000 and PHP 3,000,000 and can send up to 100,000 text messages per hour in a target location without incurring any telecom fees. They’re also almost undetectable on cellphone networks and may fake text origins, making them perfect for disseminating political information or disinformation campaigns.

They were directed to appear before the Commission on October 27 to explain in writing why they should not be “held responsible for such infractions as well as subject the violative products/equipment to confiscation and forfeiture,” in addition to obtaining their cease and desist forms.

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Source: Inquirer

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