The Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Friday for allegedly sending its emails to users’ spam folders.
The US political committee accuses the tech giant of “discriminating” against it by “throttling its emails because of the RNC’s political affiliation and views,” according to a lawsuit filed in US District Court. . in California.
“Google has relegated millions of RNC emails en masse to the spam folders of potential donors and supporters during crucial points in election fundraising and community building,” the RNC said in the lawsuit.
Google rejected the claims.
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“As we’ve said repeatedly, we simply don’t filter emails based on political affiliation. Gmail’s spam filters reflect user actions,” Google spokesman Jose Castañeda said in a statement. “We provide training and guidelines for campaigns, recently launched an FEC-approved pilot for political senders, and continue to work to maximize email deliverability and minimize unwanted spam,” he said, referring to the Federal Election Commission. .
Spam filters in email services typically remove unsolicited “spam” messages and redirect them to a separate folder.
The RNC said that for most of the month, almost all of its emails end up in users’ inboxes, but at the end of the month, which is an important time for fundraising, almost all of its emails end up in spam folders.
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“Critically and suspiciously, this month-end period is historically when the RNC’s fundraising is most successful,” the lawsuit says, adding that it doesn’t matter if the email is about donations, voting, or community outreach.
The committee said the “discrimination” has been going on for about 10 months despite its best efforts to work with Google.
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He said the alleged routing of his emails to spam folders had eaten up revenue and more money would be lost in the coming weeks as the midterm elections approached.
Republicans have long accused big tech companies of discriminating against conservative views and suppressing free speech, a claim the tech companies adamantly deny.