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The Republican National Committee sues Google over its email spam filters


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(Stocksak) – On Friday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a complaint against Alphabet’s Google (NASDAQ:) Inc. for allegedly sending emails to spam folders of users.

The U.S. political committee accuses the tech giant of “discriminating” against it by “throttling its email messages because of the RNC’s political affiliation and views,” according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in California.

“Google has relegated millions of RNC emails en masse to potential donors’ and supporters’ spam folders during pivotal points in election fundraising and community building,” the RNC said in the lawsuit.

Google has rejected the claims.

“As our repeated statements have shown, we don’t filter emails based upon political affiliation. Gmail’s spam filters reflect users’ actions,” Google spokesperson José Castañeda said in a statement. “We provide training to campaigns, launched an FEC-approved pilot program for political senders, so we continue to work towards maximising email deliverability and minimizing unwanted spam,” Castaneda stated. He was referring specifically to the Federal Election Commission.

Spam filters are used to filter spam messages from email services and divert them in a separate folder.

The RNC said that for most of the month, nearly all of its emails end up in users’ inboxes but at the end of the month, which is an important time for fund-raising, nearly all of their emails end up in spam folders.

“Critically, and suspiciously, this end of the month period is historically when the RNC’s fundraising is most successful,” the lawsuit said, adding that it does not matter whether the email is about donating, voting or community outreach.

The committee stated that discrimination had been ongoing for approximately 10 months, despite its best efforts to work closely with Google.

It claimed that the alleged routing its emails to spam folders had eroded revenue and that more money would be lost as midterm elections approach.

Republicans have accused tech companies of discriminating against conservative views, and suppressing free speech for a long time. This accusation tech companies strongly refute.

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