Google isn't doing any April Fool's jokes this year due to the coronavirus pandemic

Google sat the day this year April Fools. It's one of the more annoying "holidays" that the company tends to celebrate with religious fervor, as it carefully plans to develop numerous pranks that usually include everything in its product portfolio.

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However, Google probably thought it would be quite deaf to participate in such light-hearted internet gags this April 1st, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic that continues to affect the entire world. According to an internal email received by Business Insider, Google wants to "take this year off this tradition out of respect for all those who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic."

The email from Google's head of marketing continues to read:

“Our main goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let's save the jokes for April next year, which will undoubtedly become much brighter than this one. We have already stopped any attempts at a centralized fool, but I understand that there may be small projects within the team that we are not aware of. Please suss out these efforts and make sure your teams pause for any jokes they may have been planning – internally or externally.”

With the health crisis in the US, UK and the rest of the world, this may not be the right time to joke around, especially those that are quick to spread misinformation about vital services such as YouTube or Gmail.

We suspect other companies will follow and cancel their April Fools' plans too.

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