Every year a lot of mostly tech companies take part in April Fools’ Day by launching fake products that seem real sometimes and are sometimes just a bit silly. This year Google is going to make any jokes on the 1st April, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Business Insider managed to get hold of an internal email that went around Google which said:
“We will take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Our highest goal 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 than this one. We’ve already stopped any centralized April Fool’s efforts but realize there may be smaller projects within teams that we don’t know about,” the email from Google’s head of marketing Lorraine Twohill continues. “Please suss out those efforts and make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned — internally or externally.”
Hopefully by next year, everything is back and running to normal again.