Google Cancels April Fool’s Day For A Second Straight Year

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Google is canceling April Fool’s Day for a second straight year.

The massive search engine has decided to “pause the jokes” to show respect to those who have struggled and suffered during the coronavirus pandemic over the past year.

Google had consistently had some of the most epic April Fool’s pranks, but they paused the annual tradition in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic first hit.

Google vice president of global marketing Marvin Chow told employees of the news in an internal memo that was leaked.

“Throughout the past year, I have been so inspired by how helpful our products, programs and people have been during humanity’s toughest times,” Chow said in an email, via Business Insider. “We’ve done it with sensitivity and empathy, reflecting the range of challenging experiences so many are experiencing globally.

“As you will remember, last year we made the decision to pause our longstanding Google tradition of celebrating April Fools’ Day, out of respect for all those fighting COVID-19. With much of the world still grappling with serious challenges, we feel we should again pause the jokes for April Fools’ Day this year. Like we did last year, we should continue to find appropriate ways to bring moments of joy to our users throughout the year (e.g. Doodles, easter eggs, etc.).”

Is anyone mad about this, though?

Giving up jokes for one day of the year is fine, especially when that day happens to be MLB Opening Day. Oh, and fans are allowed back in the stands in some ballparks and arenas across the country, so we are really winning.

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