Google canceled its top-notch jokes this year due to the ongoing pandemic. The company has confirmed its plans not to make any jokes this year and instead focus on fighting the pandemic. This is the second year that Google has canceled its joke plans. The technical giant is known for its complex antics on this day. In recent years, it has announced false plans to settle Mars and introduced a human and animal translation app as part of its usual April Fool’s Day jokes.
This has become a bit of a trend for all technology companies, but in 2020 most took a step back, realizing how the COVID pandemic requires more serious thinking. A year later, that message seems to have stayed, and we’ve seen relatively few companies try to cash in on jokes during a deadly pandemic.
Business Insider reports that Google managers sent an internal email to managers earlier in March asking them to “stop the jokes” in light of the interruption caused by COVID-19 during last year. Google has decided to stop its April Fools’ antics for the second year in a row due to the difficulties people had to face during the locks and the outbreak of the pandemic.
Google’s vice president of global marketing, Marvin Chow, said in an email: “As you may recall, last year we decided to end our long-standing tradition of Google celebrating April Day, out of respect for all those fighting COVID-19. As much of the world is still struggling with serious challenges, we believe we need to stop joking about April Day again this year. As we did last year, we need to continue to find suitable ways to deliver moments of joy to our customers throughout the year (eg scribbles, Easter eggs, etc.). “
It was also an official statement from Google shared by On the edge. “In 2020, we decided to stop our long-standing tradition of Google celebrating April Day, out of respect for all those who are fighting COVID-19. “As much of the world is still struggling with serious challenges, we will once again stop joking about April 2021 Day,” the statement said.
While Google chooses to be sensitive to the ongoing global scenario and the impending coronavirus second wave, which seems to be worse than the original, some companies in India still choose to publish jokes and pretend to be completely forgotten about outages outside the world. Flipcard announced that now accepts Bitcoin as the official form of payment in the app and asks all users to update immediately.
Realme also played a complicated prank, annoying a number of Meow-branded products, including the Meow Book, the 100-inch Meow TV, the Meow AI speaker, and even Meow VR glasses. However, in his recent tweet he wrote that this could be an April Fool’s Day prank and nothing else.
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