- Jun 26, 2007
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Several affiliates of the Just Say No Deal campaign run by Democrat presidential candidate rival Hillary Clinton found they had been labelled as spam blogs and were unable to post.
The International Herald Tribune has covered the story, pointing out that those affected were not convinced by Google's explanation that its filters had responded to spam mail containing the Just Say No Deal message by labelling the phrase as indicative of spam.
It is the arbitrary nature of Google's decision to label the blogs as spam that has angered many, it seems; and it's an issue that could also affect the thousands of UK users of Blogger.
Google is secretive about the methods it uses to identify spam, but with no system of checks in place to allow users to identify themselves as 'real' bloggers users can be cut off with no explanation.