the best function of twitter is searching to confirm you're not imagining something.@gmail is suddenly sliding promotions into our primary inboxes and I demand answers and solutions.— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) December 7, 2018
[Update: Nov. 03] Gmail's email filters broken - Promotions/spam arriving in Primary inbox folder, users say
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on December 7, 2018) follows:
Looks like Gmail users are experiencing issues with automatic email filtering. We’re seeing a significant number of reports that say emails that are supposed to arrive in the Promotions folder are making way to Gmail’s Primary folder.
Of course, this is a major problem for most Gmail users as we all know that a large number of promotional emails arrive each day. Many of the affected users are taking to social media platforms to share this problem.
I wondered if they did this as a "special opportunity" to advertisers, for a fee. "Yeah we'll just...forget about people's filters for a day."— Achariya (@tanyarezak) December 7, 2018
@gmail You guys working on a fix for e-mails going in the incorrect folders? I have promotions e-mails in my primary folder and important e-mails ending up in my promotions folder. This began yesterday.— Paul Driscoll (@PDriscollTBT) December 7, 2018
Has anyone else's @gmail account been freaking out today? All of my 'promotions' emails are coming to my 'primary' inbox and blowing up my phone every 5 minutes. pic.twitter.com/rGGlW8oQiE— Amanda Parks (@ayy_parks) December 7, 2018
Gmail is confusing my Promotions and Primary tabs and it's driving me crazy. Dozens of promotional emails are ending up in my Primary folder. @gmail— halah (@_halah) December 7, 2018
@Google @gmail What happened to your algorithm recently with Gmail?! I'm getting marketing emails in my "Updates" folder that are clearly "Promotions." Please look at what changed in the past few days, there's a Promotions inbox for a reason! #gmail #google #help— Pat (@PMC527123) December 7, 2018
So Gmail knows I can't keep up with my Promotions folder so they have started to send those emails to my Main Inbox. Hmm, nicely done Gmail. #ISeeYou pic.twitter.com/Pty9b1dcse— Mel Graf (@Mellemo) December 7, 2018
We haven’t come across a response from Google or Gmail on this issue. However, we are actively trying to find more information on the matter, and will update this story as and when any news worthy developments takes place.
Update 1 (December 07, 2018)
A quick look at user reviews on the Gmail app’s Google Play Store listing indicates the problem might have started happening yesterday. Now, given that the last update to the app was on November 28, it’s quite possible that a server side change could have broken email filtering.
At this time, we have no information on whether or not the problem affects Gmail’s iOS app as well.
Update 2 (December 07, 2018)
A product expert on official Google forums has said the issue has been escalated to the relevant team inside Google. You can follow that discussion by heading here.
Update 3 (December 09, 2018)
Google says this issue should be fixed:
Hi there, thanks for reporting. This issue should now be fixed, but do let us know if you're still having trouble. More info here: https://t.co/cLdTD8eNWn.— Gmail (@gmail) December 9, 2018
Update 4 (June 17, 2019)
The issue has reportedly again popped up today.
You’re not alone. @gmail is currently experiencing an issue where all emails (including spam) are being delivered to your Primary inbox. pic.twitter.com/GkT2xRhkWh— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) June 17, 2019
In addition, some people are also experiencing lag in sending and receiving emails.
@gmail Why is there a 10-minute lag in my sending and receiving emails via gmail right now?— Thom Geier (@thomgeier) June 17, 2019
Update 5 (June 30, 2022)
Many users are again reporting issues with Gmail’s email filters (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). Users say that they are getting a lot of spam or junk emails in the primary inbox and the conditions set by certain filters are not met (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Moreover, some are reporting (1, 2, 3, 4) that filters are also preventing important emails from reaching up to the primary inbox.
Update 6 (July 13, 2022)
Google has acknowledged the issue where the Gmail anti-spam filters are not working correctly. The company is working on resolving it, but there is no ETA for a fix yet.
Update 7 (August 1, 2022)
Some reports revealed that the issue where the Gmail anti-spam filter is not working properly is still present (1, 2, 3). Gmail team also confirmed that they are still working on resolving it but there is no ETA yet.
Update 8 (Sept. 20, 2022)
01:40 pm (IST): Gmail users may receive excessive political emails in their inboxes as a result of pressure on Google from conservatives.
However, Google has introduced a pilot program that allows users to keep political spam out of their inboxes. More on that here.
Update 9 (Nov. 03, 2022)
05:31 pm (IST): A number of reports (1,2,3) suggest that Gmail users still continue to face issues related to spam emails in their inboxes.
The team has confirmed that they are working on it. However, there’s still no ETA for a definitive fix.
Hi Alysha. Our team is working on this issue. Meanwhile, have a look at this article to mark the emails as spam in Gmail: http://goo.gl/nbxMVg. Also, could you please share feedback regarding this here: http://goo.gle/2WTbsUu. Thanks for your patience.
PiunikaWeb is a unique initiative that mainly focuses on investigative journalism. This means we do a lot of hard work to come up with news stories that are either ‘exclusive,’ ‘breaking,’ or ‘curated’ in nature. Perhaps that’s the reason our work has been picked by the likes of Forbes, Foxnews, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget, The Verge, Macrumors, and more. Do take a tour of our website to get a feel of our work. And if you like what we do, stay connected with us on Twitter (@PiunikaWeb) and other social media channels to receive timely updates on stories we publish.