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How to stop robocalls

Automated phone spam is hard to kill, but there are steps you can take to stop these calls on your landline and on your smartphone.

By November 5, 2015


FCC: Lyft took users for a ride regarding robocalls, texts

The Federal Communications Commission learns the ride-hailing company's terms of service said users could opt out of marketing messages but that no such option existed.

By September 11, 2015


Time Warner Cable told to pay $230,000 after robocalling woman 153 times

Technically Incorrect: A Texas woman becomes exasperated when the cable company's computers keep pestering her. A judge decides it must pay for the annoyance.

By July 9, 2015


PayPal dials back on robocalling

The digital payments firm says it didn't live up to its own standards when it updated its user agreement with a confusing and controversial policy on autodialed calls and texts.

By June 29, 2015


FCC questions PayPal's new robocalling clause

The digital-payments company has faced criticism over its amended user agreement that allows it to direct automated calls and texts to customers.

By June 12, 2015


eBay, PayPal asked to explain robocall policies

The New York attorney general's office wants some clarification on the companies' new policies over concerns that they may violate US law.

By June 11, 2015


The FCC's vocal minority speaks out

In an interview, Michael O'Rielly, one of the two Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission, weighs in on the politically divisive nature of the agency.

By July 16, 2015


The best robo-call ever? Or the freakiest?

A Time magazine staffer got a call from a telemarketer who sounded not quite human. That's when the fun -- and the weirdness -- started.

By December 14, 2013


Feds make it even harder for telemarketers to annoy you

The FCC adopts new rules that make it more difficult for companies to send consumers unwanted messages and easier for consumers to block or opt out of marketing messages.

By June 18, 2015


Hate robocalls? FTC hopes these guys have an answer

Agency awards $50,000 in cash prizes as it turns to the private sector for help eradicating long-running annoyance of the technology era.

By April 2, 2013