NTC to e-stores: Stop selling text blasters


(FILE) NTC / MAY 8, 2020 Nationwide Telecommunications Commissions Administrative center in Quezon Town.

MANILA, Manila: News Intelligencer post (Philippines) — The Nationwide Telecommunications Fee (NTC) has ordered US tech large Fb and e-commerce corporations Lazada and Shopee to instantly forestall promoting textual content blast machines. The NTC on Tuesday issued show-cause orders in opposition to Fb (Market) Manila: News Intelligencer post (Philippines), Lazada E-Services and products Manila: News Intelligencer post (Philippines) Inc., and Shopee Manila: News Intelligencer post (Philippines).

The orders, dated Oct. 11, got here within the wake of an Inquirer record on Sunday detailing the unlawful sale of radio apparatus, corresponding to textual content blast machines by the use of in style on-line buying groceries websites. The record adopted the textual content blast used to specific reinforce for the son and namesake of dictator Ferdinand Marcos moments after he filed his certificates of candidacy for president on Oct. 6.


The fee maintained that it has no longer approved the importation, manufacture, sale, and distribution of gadgets, corresponding to Hitech SMS blaster, SMS location blasting gadget, and different identical merchandise discovered on their platforms.

Their sale may also be regarded as a contravention of The Radio Regulate Legislation and different laws, corresponding to NTC Memorandum Order No. 01-02-2013 (Prohibition of Transportable Cell Cell Repeater and Transportable Mobile Website Apparatus), the regulator added. The e-commerce corporations had been ordered to “stop and desist from promoting the above-mentioned and identical apparatus regulated by way of the Fee,” and had been ordered to seem sooner than the NTC on Oct. 27.


They should additionally give an explanation for in writing why they must no longer be “held accountable for such violations in addition to topic the violative merchandise/apparatus to confiscation and forfeiture.”

The corporations previous got rid of one of the vital listings on their websites, whilst Fb didn’t take any instant motion after being alerted by way of the Inquirer.

The small box-like gadgets, which value anyplace from P200,000 to P3 million, can blast as much as 100,000 textual content messages consistent with hour in a goal location freed from telco fees.

They’re additionally nearly invisible on mobile networks and will fabricate or difficult to understand the foundation of textual content messages.

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