back to article Canadian telco bans a little four-letter dirty word from texts: U B E R

A Canadian phone network says a wayward spam filter is to blame for blocking text messages that contained the word "Uber". Mobile carrier Fido said a glitch in its software dropped any message with the four-letter word while in transit and never delivered the texts to the intended recipient. Folks on Reddit catalogued the …

  1. Frumious Bandersnatch


    are they filtering text messages in the first place?

    I know the article mentions "spam", but you don't filter spam by simple keyword searches.

    (Reverend Bayes would be unimpressed)

    1. P. Lee

      Re: why

      > you don't filter spam by simple keyword searches.

      or indeed, without telling the end user.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: why - How ?

        How did Fido manage to implement a working sms filter?

        Have they got an intern or did somebody bring their kid to work day

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: why

        or indeed, without telling the end user.

        Of course they do tell the user, who do take them for?

        Every time an SMS hits a filter, they send a notification to the affected user, clearly stating a message has been blocked by a filter. To be thorough, they also list which word triggered the filter.

        Of course the notification is sent by SMS; what were you expecting, registered mail?

        <evil grin>

    2. MrT

      Re: why

      Blocking on a single word is a bit ... übermäßig.

  2. JeffyPoooh

    Uber "...has yet to respond..."

    Uber obviously has a spam block on the word "Fido". Try emailing them again, replacing "Fido" with the exactly-equivalent phrase, "Roger's Bitch".

    1. BongoJoe

      Re: Uber "...has yet to respond..."

      ...or perhaps El Reg shouldn't have tried to text Uber for a comment.

  3. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    Makes sense

    Uber is a four letter word after all.

    Oh wait, so is Coat.

    Mines the one with a bus map and timetable in the pocket.

    {this is not meant to be serious ok}

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Uber do send verification text messages that are all the same to recipients who haven't texted them first, so I can see why it would look a lot like spam to a robot

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What I want to know ..

    .. is what Uber is apparently a euphemism for (no, not the company stuff, I want to know the XXX rated aspect that got it listed on a filter).

    Always keen on expanding my alternative vocabulary :)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What I want to know ..

      Paying to be fucked by a stranger, usually at a lower rate than you'd pay for a professional, but as a result skill, quality and cleanliness is much more variable.

  6. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    Best glitch ever...

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