With the coronavirus pandemic causing mass sickness, death, and economic catastrophe around the world, Google has decided to cancel this year April Fool’s Jokes.
The email states that, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it would be in poor taste to have the usual jokey and sometimes-outrageous prank event. Google has canceled its primary prank for 2020, but since the company is so large, the email is encouraging divisions to cancel any of their own smaller Google April Fools’ events they may have had planned.
“Under normal circumstances April Fool’s [sic] is a Google tradition and a time to celebrate what makes us an unconventional company,” Google Head of Marketing Lorraine Twohill wrote in an internal email. “This year, we’re going to 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,” she wrote.