The company’s vice president of marketing, Marvin Chow, sent an email to employees asking that the pranks not happen again this year, according to the “Business Insider” website. The message was confirmed to the G1 by the company’s advisory.
“In 2020, we made the decision to make a pause in our tradition of celebrating the 1st of April at Google out of respect for everyone fighting Covid-19. With a large part of the world still facing serious challenges, we will pause again the games of April 1 in 2021“said the executive.
In other years, Google had already made jokes about how to implement a translator for animals in the translation tool or “photobomb” with celebrities.
In 2016 a button that sent a GIF of a Minion (from the movie Despicable Me) dropping a microphone was included next to the “send” button in Gmail.
The joke caused confusion and generated criticism from users who did not notice the change – many people ended up sending the GIF in professional conversations.
Google included the ‘Mic Drop’ button in Gmail as a prank on April 1st, 2016. – Photo: Disclosure / Google
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