Google deletes a hundred thousand Gmail accounts – what's going on in there?

3_gmail_logo_stylized.pngOne hundred thousand gmail users logged on today to find that all their old emails had disappeared, due to a problem that Google is now working to fix.

Little information is available about the issue which Google says affects 0.08% of its users. Just writing about it makes me feel a cold clench of fear in my stomach.

All Google have said is posted on AppStatus:

“Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.
“This issue affects less than 0.08% of the Google Mail userbase. Google engineers are working to restore full access. Affected users will be temporarily unable to sign in while we repair their accounts.”

Users are posting for help in forums with desperate names like “I have lost ALL on my emails/folders etc. from gmail. Why would this happen? How can I restore everything?” here.

It comes just after a Google Calendar flaw last week when a bunch of people found their future appointments has been deleted from the Google database..

>> What’s going on Google?

Has anyone here been affected?

Anna Leach