T-Mobile Sued Over Pot-Related Messages by Ez Texting
Published: Sep 20, 2021
T-Mobile sued pot-related messages were allegedly blocked by a client using the Ez Texting services.
T-Mobile has been sued by Ez Texting for allegedly blocking pot-related messages on its wireless network. Their client complained to the marketing company when they could not using text-messaging to send information on medical marijuana.
Ez Texting is a New York-based company that helps businesses send marketing text messages to large numbers of people. They filed the lawsuit last Friday with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The company is one of those that provide specific word information to consumers (for example: Text 'jeans' to 313131).
The company alleges that T-Mobile filter or censored access to its network after learning of an Ez client of which T-Mobile did not approve. The client was texting "WeedMaps," which describes itself as "a community where medical marijuana patients connect with other patients in their geographic region to freely discuss and review local cannabis co-operatives, dispensaries, medical doctors, and delivery services."
The suit says T-Mobile pulled the plug even after Ez Texting had informed the carrier that it had stopped providing its service to WeedMaps for fear of being shut out. However, the suit also states that WeedMaps only caters to people in states where medical marijuana is legal.
"This case is yet another example of a totally arbitrary decision by a carrier to block text message calls between consumers and organizations they want to communicate with," Gigi Sohn, president of public interest group Public Knowledge, said in a statement. "The FCC should put a fast end to this blocking by issuing the ruling we asked them for three years ago."