For the dreaded day of April 1, Google supposedly decided to play with its many users by adding a "Mic Drop" feature, according to Mashable. Next to the regular old "Send" button, a "Send + Mic Drop" button reportedly appeared in the hours preceding April Fool's Day. By pressing the new button, a GIF of one of those ubiquitous yellow Minions dropping a mic was automatically embedded into the email as it was sent out.
Many people failed to see the humor in the prank, which sites like Tech Insider insist really happened before Google pulled it.
Complaints seemed to flood the Gmail Help Forum.
This mic drop is perhaps the most stupid thing you could possibly come up with. I have been interviewing with this company for 3 months now and mistakenly sent the email directly to guess who? The HR! Why would you do that? I so want this job; was due to start on Monday!
How can I get rid of this new 'mic drop' feature? I can't seem to find anywhere in Settings to do this.
By the early morning, Google took down the prank and apologized. "Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year," an update on the Gmail Blog post announcing the Mic Drop button read. "Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs."
However, there might be reason to believe that Google intentionally caused this whole fiasco, and that none of these horror stories of job loss actually occurred.
Did this even happen? Did Google REALLY release Mic Drop, or did they make it all up and THAT'S the joke? Google could have totally sent out a press release saying sorry for all the trouble, our bad (i.e. inventing it all). If Google really did release it, did people REALLY lose jobs, or are these claims themselves jokes, making Google thing that horrible things happened because of their feature?
In support of the idea that Google will come out tomorrow and announce the job-losing stories are fake, are the names of the people who submitted complaints on the Gmail Help Forum.
James Apple, Brooke McPhail, and Abdus Salam (a famous physicist who died 20-years-ago) are a few of the names attached to complaints.
So did any of this really happen? Hopefully not, because the idea that Google would choose to forcibly insert a Minion GIF into emails is too much to handle.
Mic-dropping Minions unexpectedly appearing in emails isn't a prank, it's a cruelty.