The Republican National Committee recently claimed that Google intentionally redirected its emails to recipients’ spam folders. They have also stated that it has the receipts to prove its claim.
The New York Post reports that the complaint was made in a lawsuit that was filed on Friday in a federal court in California. It claims that the party’s email monitoring algorithms have shown a 10-month trend of email filtering at the end of every month, which is “historically when the RNC’s fundraising is most successful.”
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted out to let people know how unhappy the GOP is about things.
“Enough is enough. The RNC has sued Google for their blatant bias against us.”
The RNC claimed that since December, 90% or more of GOP emails sent to Gmail users who consented to receive them have arrived in their inboxes on most days of each month. But before the end of each month, nearly all of the party’s emails would be automatically flagged as spam and sent to a folder that only a small percentage of users would ever open. The lawsuit stated that emailing supporters is a “crucial conduit” for the party and “It doesn’t matter whether the email is about donating, voting, or community outreach.”
“Google’s conduct has caused the RNC to lose its ability to communicate voting information and other political messaging to its supporters during the critical midterm elections. This harm is irreparable and must be stopped.”
Google, however, dismissed the party’s allegations. “As we have repeatedly said, we simply don’t filter emails based on political affiliation,” said Google spokesperson José Castañeda. “Gmail’s spam filters reflect users’ actions.”
A formal Republican complaint was filed to the Federal Election Commission after researchers at North Carolina State University examined email patterns ahead of the 2020 presidential election and discovered that GOP fundraising emails were flagged as spam by Google’s Gmail algorithm at a rate that was 820 percent higher than Democratic Party messages. Stay tuned to Thirsty for more updates.
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