April Fool’s Day 2016: Google ‘Minion Mic Drop’ Gmail Prank Backfires

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOG,GOOGL) Google tried to be funny this year with its April Fool Day’s prank, but it didn’t go well.

April Fool's Day, Google, GOOG, GOOGLGoogle updated Gmail today with a feature called “Mic Drop” that let users end a conversation with a GIF of a Minion from Despicable Me dropping a mic. It seemed like a fun idea, but the company quickly turned it off after backlash.

What the new Minion Mic Drop feature did was send out the GIF and then make it so that users wouldn’t see responses. The company admits that this actually caused “more headaches than laughs” and said it was sorry for the prank.

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) also saw its prank this year backfire, but ThinkGeek and Esurance Inc. nailed it with their April Fool’s Day pranks.

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