It’s happened to all of us: your smartphone rings and you pick it up only to find that it’s a robocall from some spammer trying to sell you life insurance or something. It seems like once a day I get at least one robocall, and it’s frankly becoming quite annoying.
However annoying it might be for us regular folk, imagine getting a robocall during an interview on live television. That’s exactly what happened to, of all people, the CEO of AT&T, Randall Stephenson. During a C-SPAN interview, Stephenson received a robocall which he swiped away on his smartwatch.
Check out the clip below, published in a tweet from the official C-SPAN Twitter account:
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2019
In the clip, Stephenson quickly swipes away the robocall on his watch and then admits to what it was. “I’m getting a robocall too,” he says, showing the audience his watch, “It’s literally a robocall.”
The interviewer makes a joke, asking if it was President Donald Trump. “No, he doesn’t call me,” Stephenson replies.
The Federal Communications Commission has made big talk recently about coming down hard on telecommunications companies such as AT&T for the onslaught of robocalls U.S. citizens get every day. Reportedly, Americans received over 26.3 billion robocalls in 2018.
Now that robocalls are interrupting Randall Stephenson’s interviews, perhaps something might actually get done about the problem. To its credit, AT&T did announce a new initiative with Comcast that is intended to cut down on the robocall problem. However, it’s unclear how effective the new initiative will really be.