The directive sent by Google's Chief Marketing Officer Lorraine Twohill reveals that this step is "intended to pay respect to those who are fighting COVID-19 and to achieve the company's goal of being a helpful tool for those who are looking for relevant information in the midst of the pandemic".
Though April Fools' Day pranks work like a charm for PR and drawing attention, the move makes sense, as people are heavily reliant on Google's services to stay informed on the growing pandemic.
"We have already stopped any centralized April Fool's efforts but realize there may be smaller projects within teams that we don't know about".
"Make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned - internally or externally", Twohill wrote. Well, it now seems that this year has been too disgusting that Google made a decision to not do anything.
Airbnb to pay hosts $250m for cancellations
We know that right now many of you are struggling, and what you need are actions from us to help, not just words. When travel comes back-and it will-we look forward to welcoming millions of guests together again.
NBA's Coronavirus Plans: Las Vegas, China Could Be Keys
The obvious destination for a one-site event is UNLV in Las Vegas, which has hosted recent summer leagues with all 30 clubs. ESPN's Brian Windhorst first reported the decision and went on to discuss how this impacts sports here.