The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Facebook’s notification pop-up messages did not violate the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The court unanimously upheld a narrow definition of an automated dialer, stating that Facebook’s software fell short of the definition.
The Supreme Court opinion in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid reads that Facebook’s security notification systems do not fall within the TCPA’s definition of auto-dialers. The TCPA, which enforces a federal ban on robocalls, requires a system to store or produce random or sequential phone number generators. Facebook does not have such a system. Statutory interpretation based on grammar textbooks was used to derive the function of Facebook’s security notification system.