According to Business Insider, Google will be canceling this year’s April Fools’ Day joke. This is the second year in a row the search giant has canceled its April Fools’ joke. The reason is that the Covid-19 epidemic has not ended yet.
Previously, Google’s April Fools’ day jokes were carefully invested, very interesting and attracted a lot of attention from the world online community. These include pranks to open settlements on Mars for humans, treasure hunting games on Google Maps or even Google Translate for animals.
From the beginning of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic began to spread globally and made the lives of many people difficult. That’s why Google decided not to joke around on April 1, 2020. This year 2021 too, when the Covid-19 epidemic is still not over.
Earlier this month, Google’s Vice President of Global Marketing, Mr. Marvin Chow, emailed his employees: “Throughout the past year, I have felt inspired when our products and software can help humanity during the most difficult times.
As you can remember, last year we decided to halt the tradition of April Fools’ Day, out of respect for all who were fighting the Covid-19 epidemic.
Today much of the world is still grappling with tough challenges, we feel we should continue to pause the April Fools joke this year. Like last year, we will continue to find other niche ways to keep users happy throughout the year.
However, in the past, one of Google’s April Fool’s Day jokes also caused trouble for users. On April Fool’s Day, 2016, Google added a “mic drop” button to Gmail, which allowed to insert a GIF of Minion cartoon character into an email before sending it. Google rushed to pull this joke back, after many users responded about accidentally inserting funny images into work emails.
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