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‘Google sunsetting Gmail’ goes viral on social media [No, it’s not]

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The internet has been abuzz with the trending topic of “Google sunsetting Gmail”. However, the truth behind this trend is not as alarming as it may initially seem. In reality, Google is not sunsetting Gmail, but rather, it’s sunsetting Gmail’s basic HTML view.


The confusion began when a screenshot of a notice claiming Google is shutting down Gmail went viral on social media. This led to widespread speculation and theories, causing “Google sunsetting Gmail” to trend online. However, these claims were quickly debunked as a hoax.



What Google is actually doing is discontinuing Gmail’s basic HTML view, a simplified experience that was severely outdated in terms of features. This view served as a decent backup option for those who only needed a bare-bones view of their inbox. Starting from January 2024, Gmail will automatically switch to the Standard view.


Despite the hoax, Google continues to add new experiences and improvements to Gmail. Gmail remains one of the core pillars of Google, and every Google Account in existence is tied to a Gmail account. Therefore, it’s safe to say that Gmail isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.


This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of verifying information before sharing it online. It also highlights how easily misinformation can spread and cause unnecessary panic.


What are your thoughts on this? Were you one of the many who believed the hoax, or did you suspect it was misinformation all along? Share your views in the comments below.



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