T-Mobile US Sued Over Censoring

Weedmaps is a US based service for those with medical Marijuana prescriptions, it helps those for whom cannabis is a legal medication by helping them find their nearest source of “wacky baccy”.

Weedmaps isn’t illegal, the US police and government don’t have a problem with it and neither did  EZ Texting, a third party text message marketing service whom Weedmaps engaged to manage their customer text message info service.

All seems well so far, but then T-Mobile decided they didn’t like their network being used to deliver messages about weed and stopped delivering all the messages sent not just by Weedmaps but from all of EZ Texting, effectively making their business unsustainable. Even after EZ Texting dropped Weedmaps as a customer, T-Mobile still refused to deliver their messages, so EZ Texting are suing them for immediate reconnection and loss of earnings.

This is interesting, what right/responsibility do the networks have to censor what is sent over their airwaves? Don’t forget that this was an opt-in service, only subscribers were getting the messages.

Should networks play police on matters like this or should it be left to end users to complain if they don’t like the contents of texts? Does this mean T-Mobile will censor websites visible to people browsing on smartphones if they mention things that are legal but contentious? How about family planning information?

Taking the argument that they should cut off people who send messages about weed to it’s logical conclusion,  an awful lot of college students would be getting cut off.

What do you think?

Should networks be censoring what information services you can subscribe to?

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