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D.C. to Investigate Google For Illegal Discrimination
"Political Affiliation" Discrimination For "Throttling" Republican Emails
Evidence seems to show that Google's spam filter was much more likely to send Republican emails to a recipient's spam folder than similar ones from Democrats.
As a result, the RNC has charged that Google "throttled" over 28 million fund-raising, get-out-the-
This new investigation is important for at least two reasons, suggests public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who has won over 100 cases - involving discrimination based upon race, sex, religion, and disability - before the Office.
First, penalties which could be imposed by the Office for such illegal discrimination based upon "political affiliation"
This is very different from the now familiar claims that Google is censoring conservatives and other speakers with controversial views where the precise damages might be somewhat conjectural and difficult to prove, says Banzhaf, Here, where monetary damages are capable of proof, the consequences for Google could be much more severe.
Second, Google has denied the allegations, and especially the suggestion that it acted with the intent of harming Republicans when it designed its email-handling system. In the RNC's words, "Enough is enough — we are suing Google for their blatant bias against Republicans."
However, in the investigation by the District, Google's intent or lack of intent is largely irrelevant. The law the agency enforces says that a "public accommodation"