In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Google has announced that it will be giving its annual April Fools’ Days jokes a miss this year. In an internal email circulated among staff, the search engine said that it would refrain from participating in the annual event. Out of respect for people who are suffering and fighting COVID-19.
To be precise, the email was basically an order sent out by Google’s Chief Marketing Officer, Lorraine Twohill, with the intention of ensuring that all managers within the company’s marketing team do not accidentally post their pranks and easter egg tomorrow.
The subsidiary of the Alphabet family was one of few tech giants to make pranking users on the internet a tradition. Other brands, such as NVIDIA and Activision Blizzard, have upheld their own April Fools’ Day traditions online. Including the alleged creation of an AI holographic assistant, a “Game booster” that was essentially a cheat tool, and a Zergotchi (A Zerg-themed Tamagotchi), among other pranks.
In the meantime, we would like to remind you to stay safe during the remaining two weeks of this Movement Control Order (MCO). Unless you absolutely have to go out, do stay at home. If you must step out, remember to practice social distancing and make sure you’re wearing a mask at all times.
(Source: Business Insider via Forbes)