The 21st Century has brought some amazing advancements in technology.
It has, however, also brought the Robocall. If you’ve had the good fortune to thus far be spared from Robocalls, count your blessings.
Robocalls are basically either telemarketers or politicians calling you with an automated message that just drones on and on. Donald Trump used robocalls excessively during the 2016 election. If you get a number that seems like it’s awkwardly close to your own number, it’s likely that you are receiving a robocall.
You hate them? Good. So do we.
mood: just got a robocall *from my own number*
— shmekie (@shmekie) March 11, 2019
Why I don’t answer phone call that’s not from WhatsApp anymore: Robocall ????????????
— Marissa (@marissaputri) March 11, 2019
— cthulhukraken ???????? (@keithbrro2) March 10, 2019
You know who else hates RoboCalls? John Oliver. He. Hates. Them.
So much so that he went on an epic 17 minute rant about them.
We can’t exactly ditch our phones in this day and age, which means we are annoyingly behest to these calls.
“We can’t go back to a time when people would just shout their message into a jar, and then mail that jar across country,” Oliver pointed out.
60% of all FCC complaints involve robocalls, but the commission is not doing anything about it.
So Oliver’s solution? Flood the FCC with robocalls!
The message, which calls the same phones in the FCC every 90 minutes, says:
Hi, FCC. This is John from customer service. Congratulations! You’ve just won a chance to lower robocalls in America today. Sorry, but I am a live person! Robocalls are incredibly annoying, and the person who can stop them is you! Talk to you again in 90 minutes. Here’s some bagpipe music.
— iam (@ProgressiveRadM) March 12, 2019
John Oliver does exactly what you think he will do: programs an automated call to spam five FCC representatives every 90 minutes. https://t.co/fhgKxujhPD
— PhillyVoice (@thephillyvoice) March 12, 2019
— shawnkummer (@shawnkummer) March 12, 2019
I love this so much!
John Oliver Unleashes Robocall Hell On FCC Commissioners – Deadline https://t.co/M7ioHMjgmk
— Shaun Smedley (@ShaunSmedley) March 12, 2019
I swear to god I get a robocall at least once, twice a day now and I’m glad John Oliver tackled this. – https://t.co/PHptFPKwvI
— Coleman Patrick Ranahan (@colemanranahan) March 12, 2019
@iamjohnoliver thank you for doing that robocall bit. As a fellow prankster and engineer I love seeing people use sombody elses system agents themselves. Leaves me chuckling all day long. pic.twitter.com/Pty5MchRBB
— cameron (@cameron06814927) March 12, 2019
Ajit Pai, the man responsible for trying to repeal Net Neutrality, is the person not doing a dang thing in terms of working to control robocalls.
And he will be one of the people to continuously get calls from John Oliver’s robocall nation.
Everyone should robocall the FCC mercilessly. Do that for a year no matter what they do. Unless they put @AjitPaiFCC in a catapult and fling him point blank into a brick wall. Then you can stop the robocalls…. Actually forget the robocalls.
— I am a Skeleton (@iamaskelton) March 12, 2019
John Oliver is an American hero. His show set up a robocall to call the FCC commissioners every 90 minutes to tell them to stop robocalls.
— boomhauertjs (@boomhauertjs) March 11, 2019
@iamjohnoliver thanks for saving us ONCE AGAIN from losing a little bit of our minds every day, you Robocall Savior.
— innercitygreenteam (@madresmovimient) March 11, 2019
— Steve Fermier (@SteveFermier) March 12, 2019
— Mara Marini (@popgloss) March 12, 2019
The other FCC members who will receive the phone calls are Michael O’Rielly, Brendan Carr, Jessica Rosenworcel, and Geoffrey Starks.
Oliver also notes that the technician responsible for this project only took 15 min to set it up.
— Tania Idle (@TaniaIdle) March 11, 2019
I love you John Oliver! Lol I get at least 5 robocalls a day! Thank you for actually doing something with your platform! Btw if you want to publish the office numbers of the FCC people, I’ll gladly call them every time I get an unwanted robocall too! ????
— Nicole (@thedeettweets) March 11, 2019
@LastWeekTonight John Oliver must have had HBO’s attorneys working overtime to sign off on that robocall bit. Wooo boy! I can’t wait to hear the fallout from this.
— Stephen B (@nipsey) March 11, 2019
Say what you will about Last Week Tonight & the potential dulling effects of laughing at politics for comedy BUT:
he set up an every-90-minutes bagpipes robocall to all 5 heads of the FCC until they pass anti-robocall laws; that's legitimately incrediblehttps://t.co/IsUrA9oHoX
— Justin Martin (@jmartinwrites) March 11, 2019
— A Girl Is Arya Stark (@rjcryan) March 11, 2019
hey @iamjohnoliver is there a way for you guys to open source that robocall thing to public so that if those 5 guys ever take the pain to opt out of your calls, we can still send robocalls every 90 mins? maybe until they change their phone numbers?
— Yair Pike (@YairPike) March 11, 2019
John Oliver is my hero… he set up a program to Robocall all 5 members of the FCC with a message. The is a prediction that 45% of calls to our cells will be robocalls and the FCC chair refuses to do anything to stop it.
— Leigh (@NCCaniac42) March 11, 2019
We can’t wait for the FCC to take initiative to stop these calls.
In the meantime, here’s a good way to manually block these calls:
Go forth and block, young padawans.