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Political text messages become common aspect of election cycles

Political text messages have become a common aspect of the election season. Phones are receiving political campaign messages like never before.

We looked at the possibility of limiting political texts messages or stopping them altogether Thursday.

“Someone just taps send, send, send,” said Eric Beans, the CEO of Texting Base.

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act does not apply when a person sends a text message.

But is there actually someone texting you directly on the other end?

“You’ll often see that things that say in the message, ‘Hi, this is Cindi, or, ‘This is Bob,’ to give you that indication that there is a person on the other end of the phone,’” said David Carter, a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson in Washington D.C.

So then how’d they get your number?

“So there’s different data companies that will work across aisles, and they collect your data,” Beans said. “Obviously, the data’s not 100 percent accurate.”

And if you want it all to stop, text that — STOP in all caps.

“The best way to try to address this it’s just a response, stop,” Carter said.

Reporter:Anika Henanger
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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