Florida Senator Marco Rubio accuses Google of censoring campaign emails

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., accuses Google of censoring his campaign emails, saying his campaign is in “Google purgatory.”

Rubio tweeted Saturday morning that 66% of her campaign emails to ‘registered supporters’ with a Gmail address have gone to a spam inbox since a ‘Pelosi puppet’ announced she was running against him.

“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 tweeted Rubio. “And in the last weeks of the financial quarters, it jumps to over 90%”

Rubio and Rep. Val Demmings, D-Fla., are running for U.S. Senate in the Sunshine State.

Rubio’s tweet comes just days after Politico reported that several Republican senators met on Wednesday with Google chief legal officer Kent Walker to discuss a study into how the company handles email. campaign – finding that Google’s “Gmail” leaned to the left. “

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., walks to the Senate subway after a vote at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
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The study, conducted during the 2020 election, found that “Gmail marked 59.3% more emails from good candidates as spam compared to left-wing candidates.” He said there was no evidence to suggest the tagging of spam emails from political campaigns was a deliberate attempt to influence voters.

Outlook and Yahoo have leaned to the left in marking party candidate emails as spam, but with a much lower percentage than Google.

The meeting, hosted by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., was described by a Politico source as “short in hostility, but confrontational.”

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A Google sign inside Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. A Paris court convicted the company in a copyright infringement case over the online publication of French books.
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“Google swerved, refused to provide data, repeatedly refused to answer direct questions,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The company did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment, but previously maintained that “political affiliation has absolutely no bearing on mail classifications in Gmail.”

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Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, walks to a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S., Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, walks to a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S., Thursday, October 7, 2021.
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“Political affiliation has absolutely no bearing on email classifications in Gmail and we have debunked this suggestion, which has surfaced periodically across the political spectrum, for many years. Gmail automatically adjusts to match the preferences and actions of Gmail users. Gmail users can move messages to spam or any other category. Gmail automatically adjusts the classifications of particular emails based on these user actions. ‘user,’ a Google spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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