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April Fool’s Day
April Fool’s Day (sometimes called All Fools’ Day) is celebrated every year on 1 April by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes expose their prank by shouting April Fool. Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small letters. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.
Google April Fool Gmail button sparks backlash
Google has removed an April Fool’s Gmail button, which sent a comical animation to recipients, after reports of people getting into trouble at work.
The button appeared beside Gmail’s normal send button and allowed users to shut down an email thread by sending a gif of a Minion dropping a microphone.
However, a flurry of complaints about the button appeared on Google’s forums.
The firm has since withdrawn the feature and apologised.
Lost job because of April Fool
“Thanks to MicDrop I just lost my job,” claimed one user on Google’s product forums.
“I am a writer and had a deadline to meet. I sent my articles to my boss and never heard back from her. I inadvertently sent the email using the MicDrop send button.”
Another complained that they had been having interviews for a job with a company for three months and then accidentally sent a mic drop email to the HR department.
And a third said that they had sent an “important email to 30 recipients”.
Users had been informed of the button and what it would do via a message in Gmail when it first appeared.
Furthermore, users with the “undo send” capability enabled would have been able to retract a message within a certain time period after sending it.