04/01/2016 11:31 EDT

Google's April Fools Prank Backfires, May Have Cost Someone Their Job

NEW YORK — Google is acknowledging that it pranked itself after an April Fool's Day Gmail tweak angered some people who use Google's email for work.

The company added a button to its email service that allowed users to fire out a minion GIF, a character from the animated film "Despicable Me,'' which would drop a microphone and then mute responses to whatever email the user had sent.


The Gmail Help Forum on Thursday was soon populated by angry users who say they unintentionally attached a minion dropping a mic during important business communications. According to the BGR tech blog, at least one Gmail user said they had lost their job on account of the prank.

Angry Gmail users also took to Twitter.

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Google Inc. apologized and turned off the feature, saying that due to a bug, the mic drop "inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs.''

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