Thanks to autodialers that can cheaply send out thousands of phone calls every minute, the number of robocalls — calls with recorded messages instead of live people — has spiked. And many of them are illegal: companies can’t call with a recorded sales message if you haven’t given your written permission. Learn more with two new videos at ftc.gov/robocalls. Have questions? FTC staff will be answering them on Twitter and Facebook Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 1 pm ET. Follow the @FTC and/or tweet questions to #FTCrobo. The FTC also is hosting a robocall summit in October to look at enforcement, education, and tech issues related to stopping illegal robocalls.