How to delete political spam in Gmail

How to delete political spam in Gmail

Last updated: September 19, 2022 

It might be time to learn how to delete political spam in Gmail. Why? The Federal Election Commission (FEC) decided today to advance a Google pilot program to allow political committee emails to circumvent Gmail spam filters. The plan allows emails from “authorized candidate committees, political party committees, and leadership political action committees registered with the FEC” to arrive in inboxes as long as they do not break Gmail rules. Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of the Gmail program.

Google spokesperson José Castañeda told The Washington Post, “Our goal during this pilot program is to assess alternative ways of addressing concerns from bulk senders while giving users clear controls over their inboxes to minimize unwanted email.” Under the assumption the program advances, Gmail users may need to take matters into their own hands. Here is how to automatically delete political spam in Gmail so it goes right into the Trash.

Delete Political Spam in Gmail

Step 1. Log into Gmail, and view your Inbox.

Step 2. Click the check box next to the political spam email without viewing the email. Click the More menu (3 vertical dots), then click Filter messages like these.

Filter messages like these

Step 3. In the pop-up window, the From field is auto-populated with the sender’s email address. Click the Create filter link. (TIP: To filter all emails from the sender’s domain, replace the sender’s name with an asterisk: *

Create filter

Step 4. Click the Delete it check box, then click the Create filter button. All emails received from this email address will go directly to Trash.

Delete it

If needed, to delete the filter and allow email from this sender again, click the Settings cog icon, then click See all settings. Click Filters and Blocked Addresses in the top navigation, then click the delete link.

Delete the filter

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