Federal election regulators voted Thursday to allow Google to proceed with a plan to make it easier for campaign emails to bypass spam filters.
Google’s proposal to run a pilot project changing the filters for political emails came after intense Republican criticism that spam filters were biased against conservatives, a charge the tech giant denies. In a sign of public disgust with spam, the Federal Election Commission received thousands of public comments urging it to deny the request.
But a majority of the six-member commission decided that Google’s project did not constitute an improper in-kind political contribution that would violate federal campaign finance laws.
This reminds me of Twitter admitting it won’t ban nazis because that would mean banning accounts of Republican politicians. I remember the days being biased against nazis was a good thing. Times sure do change.
I am old enough to remember the letter to The Guardian denouncing Kruschev as a Nazi sympathizer. Sometimes, the term was just a magic way to pretend Stalin’s purges and gulags never existed.
The FEC has no authority to block spam. If everyone can get the same benefit, the FEC has to allow it. The FCC might be able to block this since spam is one of their issues.
This will likely backfire for any candidate that tries to utilize it. Spam that can’t be blocked will probably join late night phone calls in causing voters to eschew a candidate.
@Thom, I would respectfully disagree on banning Nazis. Not that I have the zero approval for them, but in general free speech is a good thing.
The quote above is from https://www.aclu.org/other/aclu-history-taking-stand-free-speech-skokie. Not to mention the lawyer they sent was Jewish. They would know first hand the results of lack of freedom of speech.
That being said, I would mark all unsolicited political mail spam by default. I am not against them sending those emails, but I personally have the right not to read them.