Republicans accuse Google of hiding election ads in Gmail

A few weeks before the very tense mid-term elections, the Republican National Committee has announced that it is filing a complaint against the Californian giant.

Is Google looking to steer the upcoming US election? In any case, this is the opinion of the Republican Party, whose National Committee (RNC) has announced a complaint against the tech giant. According to the Conservative Party, Google has deleted election advertisements sent by email, a few weeks before the mid-term elections, which will take place on November 8.

In detail, the Republicans claim that Gmail knowingly sends these emails to users’ spam, especially in pivotal states. “That’s enough! We are suing Google for its blatant bias against Republicans,” RNC President Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to The Associated Press.

“For ten months in a row, Google has sent crucial Republican campaign and fundraising emails to spam without any explanation. We are committed to ending this clear pattern of bias,” she said.

Google rejects the charges

In a statement, Google brushed off the accusations.

“As we’ve said repeatedly, we don’t filter emails based on political affiliation. Gmail’s spam filters reflect user actions,” the company said.

The trial will therefore focus on how Google, which claims 1.5 billion users, precisely filters emails. If the Californian group assures that the algorithms are impartial, a study by North Carolina State University, published last March and relayed by NBC, showed that the emails of conservative candidates were indeed much more likely to end up in spam. In contrast, competitors Yahoo and Outlook tended to filter out progressive candidates.

Thomas Le Roy Journalist BFM Business

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