Microsoft Banned April Fool's Pranks

Today is April Fools’ Day, and that means pretty much every company feels like they HAVE to roll out some prank.  The best case scenario is that the prank is good, or even kind of lame.  Worst case is that it becomes a PR nightmare.


Which is why Microsoft just took a stand, and BANNED anyone in the company from pulling an April Fools’ prank this year.


Their marketing chief wrote in a memo, “Data tells us these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles.  We have more to lose than gain by attempting to be funny on this one day.”


And he’s not wrong.  A few April Fools’ Days ago, Google added a GIF of a Minion dropping the mic to everyone’s Gmail, and it backfired so badly it even got some people FIRED from their jobs.


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