Google's marketing chief Lorraine Twohill reportedly wrote an internal gmail to company managers:
"Under normal circumstances April Fool's is a Google tradition and a time to celebrate what makes us an unconventional company."
"This year, we're going to take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let's save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one."
"We've already stopped any centralized April Fool's efforts but realize there may be smaller projects within teams that we don't know about. Please suss out those efforts and make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned — internally or externally."
Previous hoaxes and jokes include Gmail with free 1 GB storage in 2004, Google Romance in 2006, Project Virgle to invade Mars in 2008, Google Translate for Animals in 2010, Minion Mic Drop in 2016, as well as Pac-Man/Where's Waldo/Snake games on Google Maps.
Google has declined to comment or confirm or deny the story.
ONTD, are you looking forward to April Fools' Day and the next nine (9) months of 2020?