Google's April Fools' 'Mic Drop' Joke Goes Awry

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 5:55 PM

Gmail users woke up Friday morning to discover an option to send a "Mic Drop" response to email threads that sent an animated gif showing a minion character from the "Despicable Me" franchise dropping a microphone, and subsequently muted the conversation for the sender which led many to believe their email threads were deleted and unrecoverable.

Google's April Fools' 'Mic Drop' Joke Goes Awry

Google has issued an apology and removed a temporary email feature after one of its April Fools' jokes backfired.

Gmail users woke up Friday morning to discover an option to send a "Mic Drop" response to email threads that sent an animated gif showing a minion character from the "Despicable Me" franchise dropping a microphone, and subsequently muted the conversation for the sender which led many to believe their email threads were deleted and unrecoverable.

"Today, Gmail is making it easier to have the latest word on any email with Mic Drop. Simply reply to any email using the new 'Send + Mic Drop' button. Everyone will obtain your message, but that'south the latest you'll ever hear about it. Yes, even if folks attempt to respond, you won't look it," a post on the company'south Official Gmail Blog read.

However, the feature was poorly received by a no of users who took to the Gmail Assistance Forum to complain, saying the "childish" animations were accidentally included in necessary and professional emails.

"I hit this thing by accident in a professional email sending a contract. This is ridiculous and not comic at all. Delete it please!!!" one user wrote.

"Dear Google, please delete that dumb drop mic video button from my Gmail account. It's not welcome not useful. Tempted to go to Outlook just for that," another said, referring to rival Microsoft'south email service.

Google'south Gmail team has since removed the feature and apologized, blaming the mishaps on a "bug."

"Well, it looks love we pranked ourselves this year. Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We're truly sorry. The feature has been turned off. If you're still seeing it, please reload your Gmail page," the updated blog post read.

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