During the 2020 campaign, Gmail was significantly more likely to flag fundraising emails from Republicans as spam, according to research from North Carolina State University.
Politicians like to accuse social media platforms of having political or ideological biases, but the real culprit in Big Tech might be your email provider.
Driving the news: During the 2020 campaign, Gmail was significantly more likely to flag fundraising emails from Republicans as spam, according to research from North Carolina State University.
After analyzing more than 318,000 emails, researchers found that Gmail — Google’s email platform and the nation’s most popular email service — was nearly 60% more likely to mark Republican email as spam, but Outlook and Yahoo are both more likely to send emails from Democratic candidates to the spam folder, according to Axios.
“Email providers point to factors such as past user behavior to explain the disparity and dismiss any suggestion of platform bias,” Axios wrote.
Why it matters: Last month, the Republican National Committee — along with the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee — filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. They alleged the party missed out on over $2 billion in donations since 2019.
“This is a financially devastating example of Silicon Valley tech companies unfairly shaping the political playing field to benefit their preferred far-left candidates,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, NRSC Chairman Rick Scott and NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer said in a statement. “Companies like Google don’t think you have the right to hear both sides: They’d rather make the decision for you.”
Google did not respond to comment about the FEC filing, according to The Hill, but had “previously rejected the findings of the … study.”
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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News
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