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State AG leading charge to stop proposal allowing debt collectors to use social media

Debt collectors could be allowed to start contacting people through social media. A proposed bill through the consumer Financial Protection Bureau would authorize debt collects to use social media as a form of communication.

New York’s Attorney general has joined 28 others around the country to put a stop to this proposal.

An estimated 49 million people in the country are contacted each year by debt collectors.



People like Jovan Benjamin, a Rochester citizen with debt. She says it’s stressful enough getting collection calls and she doesn’t want to log into social media and be faced with debt collectors.

“I definitely think it’s a little bit invasive to go find me in my social media page and send me a message or text me. I just think that’s a little bit too invasive,” said Jovan Benjamin, a Rochester resident who has debt.

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