I have been watching Democrat Bernie Sanders run a campaign basically promising "free Stuff" to the millennial and other moochers that want somebody else to pay for stuff. The economic reality of these kids is non existent. They have no idea how economics work and their role. I do understand the frustration over the college cost. They get poor advice from the guidance counselor for a major, and they pick what "feels good" rather than what will guarantee a decent living. So after graduating, they can't get a job and they are stuck on the student loan train for the rest of their life.
careful with this message. It contains content that’s typically used to
steal personal information,” Gmail said in a bright red warning box that
appeared at the top of a message sent by Mr. Sanders’ campaign Friday,
laying out his “Agenda for Working Families.”
The Sanders campaign
declined to comment for this article, but a representative for Google,
the Internet giant that runs Gmail, said the company thinks it has
figured out the problem.
“A regression in the spam filter’s
machine learning framework was determined to be the root cause. The
issue affected only a very small percentage of the overall email
received by Gmail and it has now been resolved,” the representative
According to Gmail, messages are automatically analyzed
based on the sender and the content of the message. In this case, the
Sanders press release was sent by Michael Briggs, a campaign spokesman,
and similar messages weren’t marked as spam or phishing, so it’s
probably that Mr. Sanders’ wording caused his message to be labeled a
The offending email complains that America’s economy is failing, stiffing working families while rewarding billionaires.
plan would make Wall Street banks, profitable corporations,
millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share of taxes. My plan
would provide living wages for working people and ensure equal pay for
women,” Mr. Sanders says, ticking off his plans to raise taxes by $1
trillion and spend it on infrastructure, guarantee free tuition at
public colleges and universities, raise the minimum wage, raise Social
Security benefits and cut prices on prescription drugs.
Winkler, president of Secure Mentem and a cybersecurity specialist, said
the campaign likely triggered Gmail’s filters because it included
phrases that spammers use to try to sell prescription drugs and by
offering things free of charge — in this case, the promise to pay for
education at public colleges and universities.
way spam filters tend to work is you’ve got scoring. And the more time
trigger words are used, scoring tends to go up. So if you see words like
‘free,’ if you see words like ‘prescription drugs,’ that keeps
triggering it,” Mr. Winkler said.
“When you put out a campaign message filled with fluff it’s not unexpected,” he said.
said one solution for businesses is to sign up with a trusted bulk
emailing company, which works with services such as Gmail to make sure
they know the messages are legitimate — a practice known as
Mr. Winkler said spam labels could happen to any politician emailing promises to voters and using red-flag words.
“If you use the word guarantee, that’s another flag,” he said.
was unclear why Mr. Sanders’ message was deemed phishing rather than
regular spam. Phishing messages usually include links scammers use to
collect sensitive personal information.