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FACT-CHECK: FALSE! Google is not ‘sunsetting’ Gmail service

Many X users have Claimed that Google, the owner of Gmail—an email communication service used by more than 1.5 billion active users across the world is shutting down. 

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The Claim

Many X users have Claimed that Google, the owner of Gmail—an email communication service used by more than 1.5 billion active users across the world is shutting down. 

Hundreds of users also posted many things about the shutting down of Gmail, the reasons why DailyAgent Check decided to verify the claim. 

The Background

Our search revealed that there was a memo that suggested that Google was planning to sunset its electronic message platform, Gmail.

According to Statista, Gmail is the world’s most popular email service with more than 1.5bn active users globally. 

The memo titled ‘Google is sunsetting Gmail’ was the reason for the claim as posted by X users around the world with over 2,500 comments, 3,400 retreats, and 10,500 likes, as of Monday, February. 26, 2024.

“As of August 1, 2024, Gmail will officially be sunsetted, marking the end of the service. This means that as of this date, Gmail will no longer support sending, receiving or storing emails,” part of the memo reads.

The Verification

DailyAgent Check performed a search on Google platforms including its Gmail X handle and discovered that it had countered the claim with the phrase “Gmail is here to stay” on February 22, 2024, at 11:37 p.m.

According to BBC, the memo was a hoax which appears to be based on a real email sent by Google in 2023. It notified people that Gmail would stop access to its most basic HTML view.

The Verdict

The claim is COMPLETELY FALSE! The post on X—”Gmail is here to say” by Google clarified the claim as false.

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