August 8, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google has asked the Federal Election Commission to approve a pilot program that will spare political campaign emails from Gmail’s spam filter.
  • The exemption will apply to emails sent by authorized candidate committees, political party committees, and leadership political action committees.
  • Gmail users will still have the final say whether or not they want to continue receiving this type of email.

Google recently came under fire (opens in new tab) for allegedly disproportionately filtering Republican campaign emails sent through Gmail. The company now wants to address that by pushing for a new program that aims to exempt such emails from its spam filters.

According to a filing seen by Axios (opens in new tab), Google has asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to approve its pilot program meant to keep political campaign emails out of spam folders, unless users choose otherwise. That said, Gmail’s restrictions and policies remain in effect.