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User responsible for Kansas election texts suspended from platform for spread of disinformation

Amendment 2 texts
Posted at 2:05 PM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-02 17:59:32-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The user responsible for sending unsolicited text messages to Kansas voters Monday has been suspended from the messaging platform used to send the texts.

KSHB 41 News received news tips Monday that some voters in Kansas received a text containing the following message:

"Women in KS are losing their choice on reproductive rights. Voting YES will give women a choice. Vote YES to protect women's health. Stop2end."

Communication company Twilio confirmed that the texts were sent by a user using its platform, and that the user has since been suspended, "disabling their ability to continue sending text messages."

Cris Paden, director of Twilio's corporate communications team said the user was specifically suspended for the spread of disinformation.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the source of Monday afternoon's text message blast to Kansas voters on Amendment 2 was a political action committee led by a former Kansas congressman.

The post says the PAC, identified as Do Right, is connected to former U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R - Kansas).