Republican committees have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission after researchers at the North Carolina State University’s Department of Computer Science found that Google’s Gmail marked emails from Republican candidates as spam at an astronomically higher rate than Democrat candidates.
The findings were published in a study titled "A Peek into the Political Biases in Email Spam Filtering Algorithms During US Election 2020." The study looked at three email service providers, Google, Outlook, and Yahoo.
It found that while all service providers displayed some disparity in marking Republican candidate emails as spam, Google did such at a shockingly higher rate than its two competitors. "The study’s findings are shocking.
All three services displayed some disparity, with Outlook marking Democrat emails as spam approximately 27 percent more than Republican emails, and Yahoo marking Democrat emails as spam approximately 14 percent more.
In comparison, however, Google’s Gmail truly stands apart, as it marked Republican emails as spam at more than an 820 percent higher rate than it marked emails from Democrat candidates," the FEC complaint explained.