Google kills own April Fools’ Day mail prank after flood of angry feedback

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Google abruptly withdrew its April Fools’ Day prank for Gmail, which could send a dismissive reply to an email in one click, after angry users complained it made them inadvertently offend friends and family, and in some cases lose their job.
The feature called “Gmail Mic Drop” added a new button right next to Gmail’s regular reply button. Clicking it would mute and archive the conversation and send a reply with a gif animation of a minion – a character from the comedy animation Despicable Me – dropping a microphone.”Email’s great, but sometimes you just wanna hit the eject button,” Google explained the new function’s purpose in a tongue-and-cheek blog post. “Like those heated threads at work, when everyone’s wrong except you (obviously). Or those times when someone’s seeking group approval, but your opinion is the only one that matters (amirite?). Or maybe you just nailed it, and there’s nothing more to say (bam).”

Google, however, failed spectacularly on the ergonomic side of the prank. The new button replaced the often-used “send and archive” button and was not made distinct form Gmail’s regular, non April Fool’s functions. Many users, who misclicked it, took to Twitter and Google forums to say how they had accidentally dropped the mic on their bosses, clients, friends and loved ones and how it was not amusing.

One user writing on the Google help forum claimed that it cost him a new job.