Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) went to Twitter this weekend to complain about the world’s largest source of information, Google, and how their email service (Gmail) is manipulating the Senator’s campaign emails. Rubio is claiming that those with the Gmail domain are not properly receiving his emails ever since his Democratic challenger, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) announced her candidacy for the Senate.
Marco Rubio for Senate is in @Google purgatory
Since a Pelosi puppet announced she was running against me they have sent 66% of my emails to REGISTERED SUPPORTERS with @gmail to spam
And during the final weeks of finance quarters it climbs to over 90%
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 21, 2022
“Marco Rubio for Senate is in @Google purgatory. Since a Pelosi puppet announced she was running against me they have 66% of my emails to REGISTERED SUPPORTERS with @gmail to spam. And during the final weeks of finance quarters it climbs to over 90%.”
If this is true, it would be a major infraction of ethics for the company.
Conservatives for years now have complained about the overreach of big tech companies and the powers they have within our society despite being unelected.
Earlier this month, The Floridian covered a story in which a young conservative was censored by Instagram (which is owned by the company Facebook/Meta). Alexia Bianchi, a senior at the University of South Florida, wrote a book titled, “Conservatism and College; How College Campuses Have Become Liberal Indoctrination Sites.” However, when Bianchi attempted to advertise the book on the platform, Instagram stated that the ad “doesn’t comply with our Ads About Social Issues, Elections or Politics policy.”
Whether it is a young conservative attempting to advertise her new book or a Senator attempting to raise funds or just get the word out about his campaign, conservatives have used this as evidence to point fingers to bias against the right by big tech. Whether social media platforms and big tech companies have a bias towards conservatives or not does not negate the fact that biases are impossible.
Just because algorithms seem faceless do not change the fact that they were designed by humans, which we all know, are very capable of making mistakes, or worse.