FEC Extends Deadline For Public Comments On Political Spam From Google

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Americans now have extra time to voice their opinions on Google’s proposal to stop classifying political campaign communications in Gmail as spam, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). FEC Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub informed confirmed that the Commission has extended the comment period’s deadline to August 5. Send an email with your thoughts about AO 2022-14 to ao@fec.gov. All comments will be posted publicly by the FEC.

Google wrote to the FEC earlier this month asking for an advisory opinion on the aforementioned scheme. The business plans to start a pilot test that will prevent Gmail’s algorithms from relegating select FEC-registered political committees’ campaign emails to the spam folder. The public’s response to the Commission’s request for feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It has now extended the deadline to allow more Americans to express their opinions on Google’s proposal.

According to Weintraub, the public’s interest in this AO (advisory opinion) request from Google is very high. We ought to get as much input as we can.

Advertisement As previously stated, all comments are made public and are accessible via here . Unsurprisingly, we just read over 200 comments and didn’t come across a single American defending Google. Everyone wants the FEC to refuse the tech giant’s request for authorization to start the pilot program. Political emails are unwanted and should not be received.

Spam is any unsolicited email, regardless of the origin. One respondent stated that no email should be handled differently simply because the sender is registered as a political committee. Without a doubt. This is a bad concept that would invite even more intrusive and aggressive political advertising. No, a third was added.

Google wants to calm political party tensions. To reduce tensions with political parties, Google wants to remove all political spam from Gmail. Republicans complained earlier this year that the business is sending their emails to the spam bin more frequently than emails from Democrats. Naturally, Google refuted the claims and insisted that their algorithms are impartial and do not filter emails based on political affiliation.

Advertisement Republicans, however, unveiled a bill last month that would compel email service companies, including Gmail, to divulge details about their spam filtering methodologies. They seek to make it unlawful for businesses to send political campaign emails that users actively flag as spam to the spam bin. To defuse tense situations with political parties, Google is now essentially acting on this bill. It will be fascinating to see what the FEC determines since there is no public support. We’ll keep you informed of developments.

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