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Not everyone enjoys April Fools’ Day, and Microsoft says it is not worth taking part in those pranks, because they cause more harm than good.
Microsoft employees recently received an internal memo asking them not to take part in April Fool’s jokes.
It’s that time of year when tech companies try to show their creativity with April Fools’ Day stunts. Sometimes the outcomes are amusing and sometimes they’re not. Either way, data tells us these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles.
Considering the headwinds the tech industry is facing today, I’m asking all teams at Microsoft to not do any public-facing April Fools’ Day stunts. I appreciate that people may have devoted time and resources to these activities, but I believe we have more to lose than gain by attempting to be funny on this one day.
Please forward to your teams and internal partners to ensure people are aware of the ask to stand down on external April Fools’ Day activities.
Microsoft is afraid April Fool’s Daypranks equal fake news
Honestly speaking, April Fool’s Daypranks are quite fun, but many users don’t actually like them.
Microsoft is known for being a serious company focused on constantly improving their products and services. It seems that the Redmond giant wants to preserve this image even on April, 1st.
Most likely, this decision was taken taking into consideration the wave of fake news that hit the web this year.
The Redmond giant wants to keep a strong build image and the PR team seems to be afraid of users associating April Fool’s Day jokes with fake news.
What’s your stance on Microsoft‘s April Fool’s jokes ban? Let us know in the comments below.
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