About 3-6 years ago I read a short story (online, I think) formatted as a series of emails sent by a spambot that had become self aware and was trying to make contact but, due to its origins, was writing in such a spam-like style (references to viagra etc) that every attempt was filtered by email servers. I thought it was one of Nature's Futures short stories but I went through the archive and couldn't see it. Does this ring any bells for anyone?

Oh, it's not the story “Staff meeting, as seen by the spam filter.”

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    It doesn't match the details you provide, but you could read Andy Weir's recent short story Twarrior galactanet.com/oneoff/twarrior.html , in which a bot becomes intelligent despite that it shouldn't have, it writes in a very spam-like style, but doesn't get stopped by automated spam filters, it only has trouble getting through the human's spam filter on the end.
    – b_jonas
    Aug 2 '18 at 8:02
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    Thank you very much for pointing at "Staff meeting, as seen by the spam filter". It's a sci-fi short story I enjoyed reading, and its author Alex Shvartsman has a lot more stories online.
    – b_jonas
    Aug 4 '18 at 15:11
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    This is a long shot, but could it be Cat Pictures Please? Jan 26 '19 at 14:59
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    I found the opposite: A story formatted as a series of emails where an AI(?) is so successful getting through filters that it gets access to people's brains...
    – Laurel
    Jun 8 '19 at 17:10
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    Could this be Epoch by Cory Doctorow; archive.org/stream/WithALittleHelp/…? A rogue AI goes spambot in an attempt to rally support to preserve its existence.
    – Valorum
    Jan 1 at 19:52

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