On Saturday, people all over Australia received a text message from YesEquality, encouraging them to vote Yes in the Marriage Equality Survey.
“The Marriage Equality Survey forms have arrived!,” the text read. “Help make history and vote YES for a fairer Australia. VoteYes.org.au.”
But almost immediately, there was confusion, frustration and outright anger over the invasion of privacy the texts represented.
Regardless of the direction of their vote, many wanted to know how the Yes campaign had access to their phone numbers to send unsolicited messages.
— Jo Kerr (@JoKerr37) September 23, 2017
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