If you were waiting for the day when computers finally proved they were more discerning than humans, it’s your lucky day. Gmail has automated filters to mark various spam and scam emails as either suspicious or junk, and it turns out that some of the language in Bernie Sanders’ most recent campaign newsletter automatically triggered Gmail’s “phishing scam” warning:
The Google Mail algorithm has determined emails from the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign are fraudulent because anything that promises so much free stuff must surely be a scam, according to reports Wednesday.
Gmail is one of the most widely used email services in the world. To protect its over 900 million users, it has advanced features to automatically sort out spam and those more insidious emails designed to scam unsuspecting victims. With his promises of lower prescription costs and free college, the email service determined some messages sent out by the Bernie campaign must be of the fraudulent variety.
“Be careful with this message. It contains content that’s typically used to steal personal information,” Gmail warned in email sent by the Bernie campaign, according to The Washington Times.
This is awesome. So the thousands (perhaps millions?) of people who want Bernie Sanders as our next president are less capable of recognizing a scam than an automated sorting algorithm. Congratulations, America. You are officially stupider than a machine.