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Google cancels yearly April Fool's jokes due to Coronavirus outbreak

Google cancels one of its yearly traditions this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

New Delhi Published on: March 30, 2020 10:31 IST
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Google aims to focus more on Coronavirus crisis

Google has decided to cancel this year's April Fools prank out of respect for those fighting new coronavirus pandemic globally. An internal email from Google marketing head Lorraine Twohill reportedly said that Google is playing it straight on April 1, 2020, out of respect for those fighting the coronavirus, reports Business Insider.

"We have already stopped any centralized April Fool's efforts but realize there may be smaller projects within teams that we don't know about. "Make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned — internally or externally," Twohill wrote.

"Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let's save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one," Twohill added.

Google usually goes all out on April 1, with numerous pranks across its many products such as Google Maps, Google Search, YouTube, and Gmail.

The search engine giant has also updated its popular Duo chat app by increasing the group video user limit from 8 to 12 people into a single group call to help more people stay connected and practice social distancing. The new 12-person limit compares to eight for a house party, 32 for Apple's FaceTime, 50 for Skype and Messenger, and 100 for Zoom's free tier.

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