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Google forced to turn off “Mic Drop” April Fools’ joke after people supposedly lost jobs

by Todd Haselton | April 1, 2016April 1, 2016 9:00 am PST

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Google introduced a feature into Gmail today that was meant to be a light-hearted April Fools’ joke. Unfortunately, it wasn’t implemented very well and, ultimately, had to be pulled.

The feature was simple: Google added a “Mic Drop” button into Gmail, right next to the send button, that would add a GIF of someone dropping a Mic. Here’s what it looks like:

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The Mic Drop is best used when you make a great counter argument and wish to shut the other person up. The joke button was a great idea, but Google accidentally put it exactly where an existing “Send & Archive” button sat, which means people accidentally sent Mic Drop GIFs to bosses, colleagues, friends and family.

Awkwarrrdd.

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Google had to pull the feature and issued this notice:

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.

That apology won’t make up for the supposed lost jobs that came as a result of this joke. One Gmail user, a freelance writer, supposedly lost a gig thanks to this. Here’s what they write on Google’s support page.

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 offense 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.

It’s funny, though not for everyone.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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