Tonight I was bombarded by a spam user of GroupMe, a website that makes it easy to send group messages to multiple people. All you need is a phone number. Unfortunately, there is no double opt in process. GroupMe.com had issues with this in the past.
I cannot figure out why this isn’t double opt in. Spammers take advantage of any medium. GroupMe just makes it too easy. It was too much for my poor dinosaur Motorola flip phone. I love the bare bones features of my phone which means no apps to handle this scenario which means
I immediately received many multiple messages from a spam group called “SELP August-November 2014 Yahudi/Boricua” along with 374 pissed off people. Many people simply replied “Remove Me” (ineffective).
Another person threatened a $500 fine per text message (ineffective). Unfortunately, neither of those actions removes a person from a GroupMe group or disables the feature for your phone completely.
- To opt out of a group, you have to text #exit (including pound sign and case) back to the number that texted you.
- To opt out of the GroupMe.com website entirely, you have to text #STOP (including pound sign and uppercase).
- To leave a group from the app itself: click here for instructions.
- Report spam groups by going to this page and filling out the form.
If the above is successful you will receive a short and final conformation text. I hope GroupMe plans to adopt double opt-in within the near future. Might be a good idea to send them a request on Twitter: @groupme or email their support.