Tech giant Google has decided to postponed the April Fool’s Day joke that was being planned to be rolled out on it’s 20th anniversary owing to novel coronavirus outbreak.
Google was one of the first tech companies who celebrates April fool and popularize the tradition of pranking internet users on 1st of April.
Google’s Chief Marketing Officer Lorraine Twohill shared the directives to cancel the April Fool’s Day joke to pay respect to people who are fighting Coronavirus and to achieve the company’s goal of being a helpful tool for those who are looking for relevant information in the midst of the pandemic.
Twohill further said Google is not eliminating the tradition entirely and April Fools’ jokes were most likely coming back in 2021.
Earlier this month, Google Doodle had honored Hungarian physician and “the father of infection control”, Ignaz Semmelweis who popularized hand-washing in 1847 by demonstrating with his work that cleaning hands drastically reduced the number of deaths.