The Federal Election Commission has rejected a complaint by Republican groups alleging that Google’s spam filter disproportionately rejected GOP fundraising emails during the 2020 election cycle. The FEC said that even if a North Carolina study were accurate in showing the filter had a disparate impact on Republican and Democratic candidate emails, this would not prove that Google intended to influence the election. Google has maintained that the filter is applied in a politically neutral manner and for commercial purposes. The FEC’s decision thus reaffirms Google’s position that it does not filter emails for political purposes.
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by Wendy Davis @wendyndavis. The Federal Election Commission has rejected a complaint by Republican groups that alleged Google’s spam filter disproportionately rejected GOP fundraising emails during the 2020 election cycle.In an opinion quietly issued last week, the commission said Google “credibly asserts that its spam filter is applied on a politically neutral basis and for a commercial purpose.”The decision stems from a complaint brought in April by the Republican National Committee and other organizations that alleged Google’s anti-spam efforts amounted to an illegal contribution to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.The Republican groups alleged that Google classified their emails
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