Philippines tells tech giants to halt sales of ‘text blast’ kit after election plug

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MANILA, Oct 13 (Businesshala) – The Philippines has sold cellular devices used for emergency messaging to tech giants Facebook (FB.O), Alibaba Lazada and Seas (SE.N) Shopee after the use of “text blasts” ordered to stop allowing To promote a candidate for the presidential election.

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The National Telecom Commission (NTC) ordered the platforms to appear before the agency on October 27 to explain why they should not be held liable for allowing the sale of equipment.

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The NTC’s order, made public on Tuesday, follows an investigation ordered last week into an “emergency warning” text blast, commonly used during natural disasters, to endorse one of the presidential candidates. message occurs.

Under local laws, the sale, manufacture, and import of equipment that can send a mass text message for free would require the approval of the NTC.

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The NTC has said that the mobile text alerts may have come from illegal channels as the emergency alert short message service is used by disaster agencies.

Facebook, Lazada Philippines, Alibaba, Shopee Philippines and Shopee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty

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