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Outlook does this too if the reading pane is turned on, and it often is in big corporate audiences. It’s a well-known issue with image-based open tracking.

IMO the people harassing you about how many times you opened their email are idiots. Image-based open tracking is notoriously unreliable and is best used to track engagement trends within a given audience, not as a microscope on one person.

This seems like a classic example of people taking some marketing feature at face value and not spending any effort to understand the actual technology under the metrics they see in a dashboard.

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