Google Cancels April Fools' Day Pranks Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Google April Fools Jokes Coronavirus COVID-19

Business Insider has obtained a company email declaring Google's infamous April Fools' Day pranks officially canceled. The email does, however, state that the company will save the jokes for next April which will "undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one".

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.

For the latest updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak, visit the World Health Organization's COVID-19 page. Apart from this, the tech giant has also taken some steps to help users during these tough times. The objective of this website is to offer prevention, education and local resources related to coronavirus. Verily, a company under Google's parent firm Alphabet, later released a much-more limited site servicing only California.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 27,000 people have died because of the coronavirus and 597,304 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

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