(Update) PATH Is Pissing Off (Some Of?) Chinese Users: Too Many Spam SMSs!!

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I am a fan of Path, and it is probably my 3rd favourite mobile social apps (WeChat is the one I am using most and Linkedin seconds). I even visited Path’s San Francesco office and had a good time there. ” I have some friends who love this beautiful app too and they were excited about Path’s new 3.0 release. But, unfortunately, complain on Path’s spamming SMS from several friends arrived at my email box today, “Path sent me 200 spam SMS and still continues!!”, said in an email.

Hi, I was a Path user and, for the purpose of seeking help and helping maintain a clean Internet, I’d like to report that Starting from this morning (Shanghai local time), all 1000 contacts in one of my friend’s iPhone address book, including myself, were spammed by SMS from Path. The SMSs’ contents contain invitations for me to join Path, or simply junk text. Till now (8:20PM Shanghai time), I have received 200 spam SMS from Path and it still continues!

Spams like this have severely affected my and my friends’ normal life. It also is a severe breach of users privacy. As far as I know, Path CEO Dave Morin used to apologize for secretely uploading contact address book of users, but now, they are still doing this!

For well-known internet services like Path, we’d like to draw media’s attention to help maintain a clean Internet environment and protect users privacy. Please report this if possible to help. This will help path eventually as well.

And a minute ago, I just got another spam SMS from Path! For evidence, please check attached JPGs.

For my friend and myself, we’re angry about this and reserve the rights to accuse Path of their behaviors.

Best regards,

Adam (from Shanghai, China)

Well, I am not sure if this affected all Chinese users, and I would hope this is just a technical issue. But, my Path friends, please talk to someone and do something asap.

(Update, ~10:00pm: we got  a quick response from Path team, and also confirmed by the user Adam who sent me the email, the issue seems being solved. )

  • rodribc

    I’m in Paraguay, south america and it happened to me. The SMS was: “Hey, -myname-, quieres hablar en PATH: and some url” I hate this.