April Fool’s Day just passed, and in celebration of the day, Google had created a feature that was supposed to give a funny and humorous touch to Gmail! However, instead, it backfired in one of the worst ways possible, forcing Google to kill it off hurriedly!

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In Gmail, right next to the standard “Reply” button, Google had added a “Mic drop” button. Clicking on this button would send the reply to the email, archive it, and — wait for it — also add a GIF image of a minion dropping a mic!

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In a blog post explaining its purpose, Google wrote:

Email’s great, but sometimes you just wanna hit the eject button. 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).

However, what Google didn’t anticipate was that the joke would backfire real fast! Having been placed directly next to the default “Reply” button, the “Mic drop” button was extremely easy to click by accident, especially if a user didn’t understand what it was! And people did exactly that, often on important professional emails!

This is how it looked, (accidentally) in a highly inappropriate email:

Allan Pashby wrote in Google’s product forums:

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.

Google has since removed the feature from Gmail, and in a statement, a company spokesperson said:

Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year.

Considering it is April Fool’s Day, however, it’s still difficult to verify if all of the stories posted in the product forums section are true, or people are trying to prank Google in return. But even if some of these happen to be made up, it’s pretty clear that people are seriously pissed!

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