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Focus Media apologizes for mobile phone spam

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Beijing Times
March 20, 2008

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Focus Media apologizes for spreading spam
Focus Media (分众传媒) is the company responsible for most of the flat screen TVs that display advertising next to elevators in apartments and office buildings across the country. Flush with cash after their IPO on Nasdaq last year, Focus Media has been acquiring other media properties, many of them as annoying as their flat screens.

In the last week, Focus Media has been accused of being responsible for most of the SMS spam that plagues China's mobile phone users. On March 15, (International Consumer Day), a CCTV program criticized Focus Media's subsidiary Focus Wireless for making and spreading messages without customers' consent.

In response to these accusations Focus Media CEO Jason Jiang (江南春) issued a formal apology.

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There are currently 3 Comments for Focus Media apologizes for mobile phone spam.

Comments on Focus Media apologizes for mobile phone spam

Why is it companies like Focus can be allowed on Nasdaq when they would never get a sniff if they conducted themselves in the US as they do in China? They have been installing screens next to elevators in apartment buildings without the consent of the owners for a long time, so I'm not surprised to hear about the mobile phone spam.

Focus media are a great source of flat screen TVs, apparently, for those on a low income





我听说一种叫做“公益广告” -- 越来越觉得,FocusMedia这种强奸公众场所的空间的视觉垃圾就是一种“公害广告”。

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