The tradition of April Fool’s Day is no longer in the scent of sanctity at Google. The firm has confirmed that it will not be celebrating this day through its services today.
Until 2020, Google celebrated April Fool’s Day every year through all of its services and applications. The firm had the good taste not to be in the fake news, but rather to add funny mini-games. We remember for example the possibility of playing Snake on Google Maps in 2019.
In 2020, Google decided to interrupt this tradition due to the global health situation. The mood at the time was not really for the party. A year later, Google confirmed that there won’t be an April Fool’s Day in 2021 either, for the same reasons.
As Business Insider indicates, Google warned its teams in March that there would be no question of celebrating April Fool’s Day in 2021. Here is the message from Marvin Chow, in charge of marketing at Google.
As you will recall, last year we made the decision to put our long-standing Google tradition of celebrating April Fools on hold, out of respect for all those fighting COVID-19.
While much of the world still grapples with serious problems, we think it’s time to take a break from the April Fools’ jokes this year. As we did last year, we need to continue to find suitable ways to bring joyful moments to our users throughout the year (e.g. Doodles, Easter Eggs, etc.) .
Hopefully the conditions will be met in 2022 to see a return of this practice at Google.