No April Fools’ jokes this year by Google


2021-04-01 05:58:44

NEW DELHI: Every year on April 1, almost all the tech companies play April Fool’s prank. But again this year it appears that Google has dropped the plan of playing April Fool’s day prank. This is the second time that the company has taken this decision as last year also Google cancelled April Fool’s prank due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The company again took the decision to pause this long standing tradition due to COVID-19. Google has decided not to celebrate this day in respect for all the people who are fighting deadly disease.
According to an internal memo obtained by Business Insider, Google’s VP of global marketing, Marvin Chow has explained that the company will not play any April Fool’s Day prank this year as well.
The internal memo reads, “Throughout the past year, I have been so inspired by how helpful our products, programs and people have been during humanity’s toughest times. 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.).”
Recently, Google collaborated with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide accurate, and science-based information about COVID-19 vaccines.
The search giant introduced knowledge panels in Google search which show up the queries related to the COVID vaccines. The panels offer correct information about the two vaccines — Covaxin and Covishield. Along with this, the panels will also display information about the side-effects and effectiveness of the two vaccines.



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