The RNC is suing Google because Gmail spam filters are blocking their email fundraising campaigns. The Republicans think it is a tech conspiracy, of course:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Republican National Committee has filed a lawsuit against tech giant Google, alleging the company has been suppressing its email solicitations ahead of November’s midterm elections — an allegation Google denies.
The lawsuit, filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of California Friday evening, accuses Gmail of “discriminating” against the RNC by unfairly sending the group’s emails to users’ spam folders, impacting both fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts in pivotal swing states.
And of course, Rona ROMNEY McDaniels, who is a celebrated technologist, has something to say about something:
“Enough is enough — we are suing Google for their blatant bias against Republicans,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in a statement to The Associated Press. “For ten months in a row, Google has sent crucial end-of-month Republican GOTV and fundraising emails to spam with zero explanation. We are committed to putting an end to this clear pattern of bias.”
But that putting an end to does not include, you know, learning about how the algorithm works:
Google, in a statement, denied the charges. “As we have repeatedly said, we simply don’t filter emails based on political affiliation. Gmail’s spam filters reflect users’ actions,” said spokesperson José Castañeda, adding that the company provides training and guidelines to campaigns and works to “maximize email deliverability while minimizing unwanted spam.”
Is there any hope for Team Coup —the party of beleaguered billionaires— to shake-down the rubes? Why, yes, yes there is:
Since then, the commission has approved a pilot program that creates a way for political committees to get around spam filters so their fundraising emails find their way into recipients’ primary inboxes. Gmail is participating in the “ Verified Sender Program, ” which allows senders to bypasses traditional spam filters, but also gives users the option of unsubscribing from a sender. If the unsubscribe button is hit, a sender is supposed to remove that Gmail address from their distribution lists.
As of Friday evening, the RNC had not signed up to participate in the pilot program.
Instead of taking steps to fix the problem, the RNC instead wants to fix Google.
You gotta love that Rona ROMNEY McDaniel, the head of the RNC with one of the biggest platforms in the country would find a way to say that their freedom of speech is being suppressed in a press announcement carried by the AP. And then fund raise off of being suppressed.