German Politician Thinks Gmail Constituent Messages Are All Faked By Google

from the not-how-it-works dept

Christopher Clay alerts us to the latest Google Derangement Syndrome from an EU Bureaucrat. Last year, we noted that various EU politicians kept insisting that all of the complaints about their awful plan were due to Google lobbying and astroturfing -- when the reality showed that nearly all of the lobbying came from legacy copyright players.

However, German MEP Sven Schulze must have thought he was really on to something in claiming he had real proof of Google astroturfing. In a tweet (in German) he claimed that because all of the complaints he's getting seem to come from people with Gmail addresses, it's proof of fakery. No, really. Here's a translation (courtesy of Google, of course) of his tweet:

Now coming back every second of messages about # upload filter & # Article 13 pure. Apart from the fact that these contents are not correct, ALL come from # Gmail accounts. 🤔Man # google , I know that you are angry, but ye have this # fake really necessary action?

Really now? Perhaps Schultze is unaware that (as of the most recent public stats), Gmail is used by 1.5 billion people. These days, it's pretty typical for lots and lots of people to use Gmail as their personal (and often professional) email address. To claim that seeing Gmail emails proves Google is astroturfing is... nutty. And, it would appear that Schulze's followers recognize just how idiotic this looks.

How do you say ratioed in German?

And many of those 4.5 thousand replies are ruthlessly mocking him for being completely clueless.

I'm guessing he'll blame Google for all those replies as well?

Filed Under: article 13, bots, copyright, email, eu, eu copyright directive, gmail, lobbying, sven schulze

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    Bob N Weave, 19 Feb 2019 @ 10:24am

    "complaints ... due to Google lobbying and astroturfing"

    Is true and NOT contradictory to "nearly all of the lobbying came from legacy copyright players", that's just your misleading pro-Google juxtaposition.

    But the ODD and interesting part of your phrasing there is:

    the reality showed

    Just wacky. Implies that you believe in more than one reality, or as I'd put it in vernacular: cherry-pick to suit any given piece.

    You then go on to IGNORE the 669 "likes", which also fits "many", instead try to claim this person is overwhelmingly opposed.

    It's TRIVIAL at best. So what's your true purpose with this TRIPE about ONE "German politician"?

    Now, for REAL contrast: where's your numbers for how many "bloggers" are "supported" by Google and attack anyone who opposes it?

    Here's UNDENIABLE evidence linking opposition to this person with Google's support:

    From the THAT'S HOW IT WORKS department.

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