One reads that, for the second year, Google decided to forgo its annual April Fool’s prank:
For the second year in a row, Business Insider has obtained an internal emailstating that Google will not create a series of elaborate and occasionally entertaining April Fools pranks this year. Google confirmed the memo to Business Insider, and to us, too.
Added additional confirmation from Google. “In 2020, 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 will again pause the jokes for April Fools’ Day in 2021,” reads a statement.
For a large corporation like Google, this makes sense: they have an international image to maintain, and many of the markets in which they operate are slogging through the pandemic. (For people in small settings, it’s more a matter of assessing immediate circumstances.)
Next year, in better times, we can look forward to something clever from Google.