Search Engine Journal: Google Sets New Rules For Bulk Email Senders. “Google has announced new requirements for bulk email senders to reduce spam and make inboxes more secure. The new policies will take effect in February 2024 and are aimed at companies and organizations that send large volumes of emails. The new requirements focus on email authentication, easy unsubscription from mailing lists, and limitations on overall spam rates.”
WIRED: How to Make Sure Important Emails Don’t End Up in Spam. “It’s important to regularly check the contents of your spam folder, and to set up a list of safe senders. So, for example, you might put your kid’s school on there, or your key contacts from work, or your significant other. Email sent from these addresses will never be canned, so you don’t have to worry that something has slipped past you. These lists can be configured in just about every email app, and they are easy to set up. Here’s how.”
Bloomberg: AI chatbots help web content farms copy work from top publishers, report says. “Dozens of websites are using AI chatbots to copy and repurpose articles from top publishers, according to a report from the news-rating group NewsGuard, offering a glimpse into how artificial intelligence tools risk undermining media companies and muddying the online news industry. The 37 websites, which Bloomberg also reviewed, posted stories that contained identical text, photos and quotes to articles previously published by the New York Times, Reuters and CNN, according to the report.” Not that junk content online is anything new.
Bloomberg: GOP Stumbles in Suit Claiming Google Censors Donation Emails. “A Republican National Committee lawsuit accusing Google of routing emails to Gmail users’ spam folders was tossed out by a judge who said the internet giant fairly concluded they were unwanted messages.”
Medium: New Partner Program incentives focus on high-quality human writing. “Changes are coming in August to the way we pay writers for great stories and which countries we support. Here’s what’s happening, why, and what it means for you.” I wrote about my weird Medium spam experience in January 2021..
Bleeping Computer: Twitter’s bot spam keeps getting worse — it’s about porn this time. “Forget crypto spam accounts, Twitter’s got another problem which involves bots and accounts promoting adult content and infiltrating Direct Messages and interactions on the platform. And there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution in sight. While the problem has existed for while, the uptick in porn bots is ironic, given Elon Musk’s promising claims of tackling bots and fake accounts on Twitter, after his acquisition of the platform.”
Motherboard: AI Spam Is Already Flooding the Internet and It Has an Obvious Tell. “Those two phrases, ‘as an AI language model’ and ‘I cannot generate inappropriate content,’ recur so frequently in ChatGPT generated content that they’ve become memes. These terms can reasonably be used to identify lazily executed ChatGPT spam by searching for them across the internet.”
Bleeping Computer: Microsoft Outlook flooded with spam due to broken email filters. “According to reports from an increasing number of Microsoft customers, Outlook inboxes have been flooded with spam emails over the last nine hours because email spam filters are currently broken. This ongoing issue was confirmed by countless Outlook users who have reported (on social media platforms and the Microsoft Community’s website) that all messages were landing in their inboxes, even those that would have been previously tagged as spam and sent to the junk folder.”
Engadget: Google will once again apply Gmail spam detection to political campaign emails. “Google doesn’t plan to let political campaigns dodge Gmail’s spam detection for much longer. The Washington Post has learned that Google plans to end the email filter bypass pilot program by the end of this month.”
Reuters: Republican National Committee Sues Google Over Email Spam Filters. “The U.S. political committee accuses the tech giant of ‘discriminating’ against it by ‘throttling its email messages because of the RNC’s political affiliation and views,’ according to a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of California.”
The Verge: Google built a spam backdoor for Republicans — and they aren’t using it. “Google has launched a controversial program allowing campaign committees to effectively opt out of spam filters — a huge concession to mounting political pressure from Republicans. But Verge reporting shows the RNC has not taken advantage of the program and made few efforts to alter the core practices that might result in their emails being labeled as spam.”
The Verge: FCC threatens to block calls from carriers for letting robocalls run rampant. “On Monday, the FCC announced that it was beginning the process to remove providers from the agency’s Robocall Mitigation Database for failing to fully implement STIR/SHAKEN anti-robocall protocols into their networks. If the companies fail to meet these requirements over the next two weeks, compliant providers will be forced to block their calls.”