It has been reported that Gmail is suffering from an issue with its email filters. It is leading to potentially dangerous, exploitative and NSFW messages being sent directly to inboxes.
Google has recognized the issues with Gmail as “affecting a significant subset of users”. It now lists the service as completely functional. But it seems far from the case when one looks at Reddit or Twitter
One of the Gmail user said, “Why did the gmail spam filters break?!”.
Another said, “Did gmail’s spam filter and category function just completely shut down for anyone else? Everything’s now going straight to the primary inbox.”
Another one said, “Are @gmail’s spam filters broken? I’ve had a sudden influx of some crazy #NSFW spam in my inbox! What’s going on #Gmail?”.
“It is a strangely comforting thing that I can just search for “Gmail” and immediately Twitter provides me with evidence that yes, others are getting weirdly hit with spam right now”.
Google has responded to complaints by users and said that the spam fault was part of a bigger issue which resulted in Gmail emails to be delayed.
As a result of this “some messages were delayed enough that they resulted in delivery without all spam checks completing.”
Google stated, “During this time, scans to filter malware and the most egregious spam and harmful content remained fully operational.”
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