Friday, January 27, 2023

US Election Commission Denies Google Helped Democratic Candidates

The US Federal Election Commission (FEC) does not believe that Google has favored Democratic candidates despite Republican criticism that its emails were sent to spam trays at a higher proportion than those of its competitors, The Wall Street Journal reported. Told on Wednesday.

The newspaper, which had access to a letter the FEC sent to Google, reported the agency found no reason to believe the company showed favoritism in favor of Democrats, who retained control in last November’s midterm elections . Senate, but was defeated by the House of Representatives.

The Republican National Committee and Republican committees of both houses of Congress complained to the FEC last year, citing an academic study that found that nearly 70% of emails from Republican candidates went directly to users’ spam folders, versus one in ten. Even fewer were sent by Democratic candidates from 2019 to 2020.

The FEC believes that Google’s spam filters are implemented to help companies and users avoid attacks and spam, and not to benefit certain applicants.

With this letter to Google, the FEC dismissed the complaint filed by Republicans against the company. For Jose Castañeda, a technology lawyer, the decision confirms that Google does not filter email for political purposes.

To support their criticism, Republicans cited a study by the State University of North Carolina, which found that Google marked 67.6% of emails from Republican candidates as spam, while those sent by Democratic candidates did not. compared to 8.2% in

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