MIAMI, FL — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has accused Google of trying to undermine his re-election bid in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, saying the tech giant is blocking its subscribers from receive their emails.
Rubio issued the claim via a tweet last saturdayclaiming that Google is trying to back Rep. Val Demings, who is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to run against the incumbent Republican in November.
“Marco Rubio for Senate is in @Google purgatory Since a Pelosi puppet announced they are running against me they have sent 66% of my emails to REGISTERED SUPPORTERS with @gmail for spam,” wrote he declared. “And in the last weeks of the financial quarters, it jumps to over 90%”
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Rubio offered no evidence for his accusation, but pointed to a recent report from North Carolina State University’s computer science department that examined political communication during the 2020 presidential campaign.
The study concluded that Google displayed a consistent left-wing bias and therefore sends far more conservative emails to recipients’ spam folders compared to other email providers.
“Yahoo kept about half of all political emails in its inbox (up to 55.2% marked as spam) while Outlook filtered the vast majority of emails (over 71.8 %) of all political candidates and marked them as spam,” the study said. “Gmail, however, kept the majority of candidate emails on the left in the inbox (<10.12% marked as spam) while sending the majority of candidate emails on the right to the spam folder ( up to 77.2% marked as spam)."
The study also indicated that the email volume of right-wing candidates steadily increased as the election approached, while the email volume of left-leaning candidates who successfully reached their intended inboxes was maintained.
Google has denied accusations that it tampered with emails from conservative political candidates.
“Political affiliation has absolutely no bearing on mail classifications in Gmail and we’ve debunked this suggestion, which has surfaced periodically across the political spectrum, for many years,” a Google spokesperson said. “Email classifications in Gmail automatically adjust to match preferences and actions of Gmail users. Gmail users can move messages to spam or any other category. Gmail automatically adjusts email classifications individuals based on those user actions.”
However, after lunch with several GOP senators last week to discuss the North Carolina State University study, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that “Google swerved, refused to provide data, repeatedly refused to answer direct questions” about their email policies.