Person fired due to Google April Fools’ prank


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It’s April Fools’ Day, and Google shot itself in the foot. It released a new prank feature that added a new button, the Gmail Mic Drop. It’s an alternative send button that attaches a gif featuring a Queen minion dropping the mic. Well, Google quickly removed the prank since it caused some outrage along with someone being fired.

“Everyone will get your message, but that’s the last you’ll ever hear about it,” a Google blog post said. “Yes, even if folks try to respond, you won’t see it.”

Here’s an example of how it worked:


How can something that seems harmless be very harmful? Well, first of all, the button is right next to the actual send button. If you accidentally clicked the Mic Drop button, you won’t be seeing replies from people, including important messages that may prevent you from meeting deadlines.

Thanks to web developer Andy Baio, he was able to capture awkward uses of the Mic Drop button.

A person, who got fired due to the prank, took to the Google forum to express their sadness: “Thanks to Mic Drop I just lost my job. 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 ‘Mic Drop’ send button. There were corrections that needed to be made on my articles and I never received her replies. My boss took offence to the Mic Drop animation and assumed that I didn’t reply to her because I thought her input was petty (hence the Mic Drop). I just woke up to a very angry voicemail from her which is how I found out about this ‘hilarious’ prank.”

Google told the Guardian: “Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. ? Due to a bug, the MicDrop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry. The feature has been turned off. If you are still seeing it, please reload your Gmail page.”

Here at Nerd Reactor, we enjoy a good April Fools’ joke. Can you spot which of our articles today are fake?

Via The Guardian

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