Study: Gmail AI Filter Automatically Labels Conservative Emails as Spam
According to a recent study, The GMail AI filter has been automatically labeling conservative emails as spam.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University titled “A Peek into the Political Biases in Email Spam Filtering Algorithms During US Election 2020,” found that the percentage of emails marked by Gmail as spam from right-wing candidates grew steadily as the 2020 election approached.
The extensive five month study took place from July 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020 on Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo. The team created 102 email accounts and subscribed to two Presidential, 78 Senate, and 156 House candidates.
The study determined that Gmail allowed emails from most left-wing politicians to land in the user’s inbox while more than 75% of messages from conservative candidates were automatically marked as spam.
This is just the latest example of Google using its power to silence conservatives.
In 2016, Google was caught red-handed manipulating search results to promote Hillary Clinton and silence her critics. And in 2017, it was revealed that Google had been working with the Obama administration to help shape the Affordable Care Act.
Last year, Project Veritas released undercover footage of a Google executive admitting that the tech giant was working to prevent “the next Trump situation.”
Now, it seems that Google is using its power to once again silence conservatives. This time by using its own infrastructure to artificially manipulate the content and messages its users could readily see.
Of course, this is a dangerous trend that needs to be stopped. Google has proved time and time again that it is an organization with too much power. And is willing to use that power to silence those with whom it disagrees with.
Per the study, spam is largely defined as “unsolicited email that comes from an entity that the recipient is not already aware of or has no interest in knowing about,” but Google defines it as “any content that is unwanted by the user.” (Editor’s note: “Self Propelled Advertising Material”)
In other words, your email can be automatically labeled as spam and you would never know, unless of course you’re paying attention.
What’s even more disturbing is that Google has the power to not only label emails as spam, but to bury them so that its users will never see them.-sort of a out of sight, out of mind approach I guess.
Remember: Gmail has over one billion users worldwide. Which is a lot of people who could be missing out on important information from prominent candidates that they have willingly subscribed to simply because Google disagrees with what those individuals have to say.
Google’s extremely popular email service being found to be overwhelmingly in favor of content from liberal candidates is an issue conservatives ought to run on in 2024.
It’s becoming more and more clear that we cannot trust Google to be impartial. And Republican lawmakers ought to operate within their powers to do something about this situation prior to midterms.
Before it’s too late.