Google wisely cancels this year's April Fools' jokes

Joanna Estrada
April 1, 2020

Last year, Microsoft also banned the bad tradition of April Fools' Day, as according to the company "these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles". Google also agrees to what we have said above and therefore the company has also announced to skip the April Fools' Day pranks this year.

The email was recently acquired and detailed by Business Insider, which reported on Friday that Google has told its managers to make sure none of the smaller teams engage in their own jokes.

The company added that its priority right now is to be "helpful to people, so let's save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter".

Google's pranks in the past have allowed users to play Snake and Ms. Pac-Man in Google Maps and have included fake products like Google Nose and Google Tulip.

There is no doubt other tech companies will follow Google's lead.

Google has already had to shift its plans due to the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. In this hard time, Google is preferring to help people as much as they can and promised that the April Fools' Jokes will be back next year which might just be much better than your expectations.

On similar lines, the search giant canceled Google I/O annual developer conference, paused Google Chrome releases, and launched a Coronavirus online tracker to provide the latest updates.

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With a health crisis gripping the US, UK, and the rest of the world, it might not be the most appropriate time to make jokes, especially ones that momentarily spread misinformation about essential services such as YouTube or Gmail.

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