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Gated’s Charitable AI-Email Platform to Shut Down in September

Gated has recently announced that they will be officially closing their services by the end of September.
Photo taken from Gated.com
Photo taken from Gated.com
September 11, 2023 9:00 am

After two years of providing efficient email solutions, Gated has recently announced that they will be permanently closing their services by the end of September. 

The startup company built two AI-powered products focusing on providing email solutions and profile pages while taking part in charity – sadly their journey has come to an end. 

Their products were intended to help busy professionals “take back control over their attention” from overwhelming emails and help them keep unwanted messages out of their inboxes. 

Reportedly, their service is focused on redirecting unknown senders by sending a “challenge email” asking them to donate to a user’s preferred charity in order to get into their inbox.

Now that Gated is officially closing down on September 30, they left some reminders for their remaining users:

  • For email solution users - Gated will no longer filter emails and no more challenge emails will be sent. The inboxes will remain unaffected.
  • For profile pages users - it is recommended to remove the Gated profile link from public-facing channels (to stop receiving messages there). 

“Unfortunately, although Gated is loved by many, our market isn’t as big as we expected. Not everyone is as ready to take control of their attention like YOU are,” Gated said in a statement.

Consequently, the email security company shared their accomplishments and milestones which includes; filtering about half a billion emails, helping thousands of users find inbox focus, and raising $500K for charity.

In previous reports, the company garnered more than $500K in value for non-profit organizations from ad impression value and donations from users, according to a release.

According to Gated, they strongly believe in data privacy and the data previously stored with them will be rightfully given back to its owners. 

Users will receive information on how they can download their account data in the next few days.

Moreover, they also revealed their plan to open source the code for their email platform and it is expected to be released on GitHub within the month.

“Thank you for going on this journey with us. Though we didn't reach our highest goals, we are extremely proud of what we built and you have been such an important part of that,” Gated ended. 

Gated has surely made a charitable impact while providing users with utmost security services in helping them handle thousands of emails. Surely, their impact will remain known and it is exciting to see the outcome of the upcoming open source code of the email platform.

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Written by Andy Hoo
Andy is an investigative tech journalist at Gold Penguin. Besides being a journalist with the heart and mind for truth and credibility, he is also a passionate content creator who loves making informative and recreational videos. He writes all types of news in the technology & AI industry.
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