Gmail spam filter temporarily broken for some users

Gmail is the preferred email service for billions of people worldwide, so any issue that affects even a fraction of the users is a relatively big deal. Over the past week, some Gmail users have noticed that the spam filter is not working properly, but Google has since fixed the issue.

Users of Twitter, Reddit and other platforms have reported that an issue popped up in the last week of June and the first week of July 2020 where Gmail’s spam filter was not working intentionally. As a result, some emails that were captured by the filter and kept out of the user’s sight were displayed directly in the inbox.

Whatever the cause of the problem, Google has apparently fixed it. The company offered a statement to the public at Android Police that read:

We’ve identified and fixed a lot of promotional emails and spam that were sent to users’ primary inboxes incorrectly. During this time, scans to filter out malware and extremely deadly spam and malicious content were fully operational. Additionally, Gmail users are protected by a number of other features, such as link protection and security scans during downloads that apply to messages in the inbox.

We have no reason to believe that any account was compromised as a result. If you notice a suspicious email, we encourage you to report it as spam. More information on how to report spam can be found by visiting our Help Center.

Thanks here, no worries about what happened. If your account is affected, delete only spam emails that have violated your inbox and you’d better go

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