Sen. Marco Rubio Claims Google Is Censoring His Campaign Emails

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has accused Google of favoring the progressives by censoring conservative campaign emails and marking them as spam. Rubio claimed that his campaign is in Google purgatory as most of his campaign emails never make it to people’s inboxes.

Rubio took to Twitter to express his disapproval of 66% of his campaign emails being sent to the spam folder of his supporters who registered with a Gmail account. He mentioned how the numbers climbed to 90% in the last weeks of the finance quarters.

Rubio’s tweet came a few days after many Republican senators met with Google’s chief legal officer, Kent Walker, on Wednesday to understand how campaign emails at Google work. According to Politico, it was proven that Gmail sides with the left.

During the 2020 election, a study found that campaign emails from conservative candidates were nearly 60% more likely to be marked as spam by Gmail.

However, it was mentioned that there is no evidence that this was deliberately done to influence voting behavior and outcomes. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) described the meeting between the Republicans and Google as confrontational and a little short of hostile.

Other emailing platforms like Outlook and Yahoo also put many conservative emails in the spam folder, but the percentage wasn’t nearly as high as Google’s. This led many to believe that it was more than just a classification of email text.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) claimed that Google did not provide any evidence or data and continuously deflected the questions thrown their way. However, Google has repeatedly stated publicly that political affiliation does not affect mail assortment in Gmail.

A Google spokesperson claimed that mail classifications usually happen due to the user’s preferences. If a user moves a message to spam or junk, Google notes that action, and automatically filters similar emails in the future.

Although the tech giant claims that they do not have any deliberate hand in the high percentage of emails being classified as spam, many Conservatives are still skeptical.