Google Halts April Fools’ Day Jokes In Light Of COVID-19 Pandemic
APRIL FOOLS’ DAY – Google recently called of its tradition to prank its public on April 1, also known as April Fools’ Day.
An article from SlashGear states that a recently leaked memo from Lorraine Twohill, Google’s marketing head, discloses that they cancelled their practical jokes this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that this is no time to joke around.
Google employees are further urged not to puut any jokes or pranks on this day since it would be inappropriate, especially during this dire situation.
The company earlier said that it told its managers to ensure that none of its teams would pull off some pranks, adding that their main priority is to help people. The said leaked announcement to managers reads as follows:
“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. Please suss out those efforts and make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned — internally or externally.”
As per the report, Google made a set of changes to other companies, further halting its updates on Google Chrome and Chrome OS for the meantime, and placed its employess to work from home.
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