Sick of political text messages? Here’s how to stop them

In most cases, all you have to do is ask nicely (using some specific terms)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Chances are you’ve been on the receiving end of them: unwanted political text messages that light up your cellphone at all hours of the day.

And unlike a phone call, you don’t have the immediate option to not accept the text.

As the I-TEAM previously reported, these unsolicited text messages are quickly becoming a key battleground in political races in 2020 as various campaigns try to rally voters and donors to their causes.

But as a News4Jax viewer pointed out, the result is a seemingly endless barrage of text messages beamed directly to the palm of your hand. So what can you do to put a stop to them once and for all?

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The short answer is: ask nicely.

That’s right — it turns out the solution to this problem is quite simple. If you receive a political text message from a campaign, you can opt out by replying to them with a short response:

  • Just send the word “STOP” in all capital letters, and you should get a response acknowledging that you have unsubscribed from those messages.
  • You can also reply with “Opt out” or “I no longer wish to receive messages from this campaign,” and you’ll no longer get them.

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