Gmail is not shuttering, despite countless tweets claiming otherwise

Anyone else sick of X?


Twitter, currently known as X, has become increasingly unreliable when it comes to breaking news and random trends. Today's latest misinformation tornado comes in the form of a rumor claiming that Google is shutting down the popular Gmail email service. This is not true, as it is the result of a series of jokes from people who paid for blue checkmarks on the social media platform.

Community Notes have been applied to several viral tweets stating "Google is not sunsetting Gmail. This is a fabricated image posted as satire, but people in the comments are taking it seriously. The official Gmail website makes no mention of this; and no tech news website has covered anything regarding Google sunsetting Gmail."

It's rather amusing to see the "Xperts" on Twitter actually mention using a reliable source in this Community Note, as many users of the platform have an intense hatred and distrust of the so-called mainstream media. Other prominent tech bros like Chris Bakke reshared the joke image adding even more satirical claims causing a lot of readers to believe the rumor. A Community Note has also been applied to his tweet reading "This is a satirical post which is being quickly spread around and is confused by many believing it is real. It is not. Google has not announced any changes to Gmail."

Even more users are spreading misinformation with obviously fake videos featuring Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Google has been the focus of a lot of jokes on Twitter in recent days with the company's latest Gemini AI effort launching in rough shape.

Twitter's prolonged slow-motion death spiral has certainly been something to witness, but times like this really highlight the dangers of social media platforms and the speed at which misinformation can be spread. Even if done in jest, things can go sideways faster than Community Notes can step in. Twitter users willing to pay for verification are able to amplify fake news, AI bots are running rampant, and the company's CTO Elon Musk spends more time posting stolen memes than doing anything to constructively address the platform's issues.


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    February 22, 2024 3:05 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Gmail is not shuttering, despite countless tweets claiming otherwise

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      February 22, 2024 3:09 PM

      That’s good I still have 300,000 unread messages to get through.

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      February 22, 2024 3:33 PM

      Yet…. ;)

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      February 22, 2024 3:37 PM


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      February 22, 2024 3:58 PM

      People need to stop with Twitter.

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        February 22, 2024 4:57 PM

        The problem is that many companies still use it as their primary means of communicating with customers. The entire OpenAI saga with Altman being ousted and rehired played out on Twitter, for example.

        Shacknews still has to be on there for the purpose of covering news, but our account barely shows up in people’s feeds anymore.

        I agree that most people should just delete and move on, but that is a much more difficult task for members of the media.

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          February 22, 2024 6:39 PM

          100% this, it's a huge problem. It's like people do a double take and our confused but can't let go what they have done for years and like you said Twitter was the premier Social media platform.

          In short it's sort of a mess, sort of like homes that never heard of deep fakes or AI generated images + videos and think all of that is real and reality.

          How do you get everyone on the same page? Reality is you can't :(

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            February 23, 2024 1:42 AM

            I wish it was illegal for Twitter to spread misinformation. At the very least slap a label that says a tweet is misinformation on it.

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              February 23, 2024 7:17 AM

              I think the EU is doing something for it but they aren’t moving fast enough.

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      February 22, 2024 5:16 PM

      I heard bill gates is closing all PCs unless we all donate $5 to is that true or false

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      February 23, 2024 1:05 AM

      Any good paid gmail alternatives? I want to get rid of google services

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        February 23, 2024 1:58 AM

        I have been a happy Fastmail customer for many years

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          February 23, 2024 3:09 AM


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          February 23, 2024 5:30 AM

          Funny enough that's what I had pre-Gmail.

          Moved away from it at the time because it was kinda clunky and I didn't feel like spending more on it to get what it now fairly basic stuff

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        February 23, 2024 7:13 AM

        Proton mail. I brought my own custom domain to it. They write all those spf, dmarc and dkim so all you need to do is copy/paste the values into dns entries.
        Also, they may have a few more things depending on the plan you choose.

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        February 23, 2024 9:05 AM

        Fastmail and Proton are a couple of the best.

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