Why robocalls have taken over your phone


Researchers say the volume of calls has grown particularly severe in recent years. One private call-blocking app provider clocks them at around 147 million per day in the United States, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and FCC have seen a significant increase in consumer complaints in the past few years. Ian Barlow, the FTC’s Do Not Call Program Coordinator, told The Verge the agency is fielding an average of about 500,000 complaints a month.
The issue is the ease of becoming a robocaller. Anyone with a minor amount of technical ability can run their own system by downloading the relevant software. “The technology is widely available,” Barlow says. “There’s basically no barriers to entry in this market.”


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