Google is facing a fierce backlash after introducing a new tool for April Fools’ Day that has cost some people potential jobs.
The new Gmail Mic Drop button, which sits next to the normal send button, ends an email thread forever by muting all future replies to the sender, and firing off a gif of a minion “mic dropping” at the same time.
After an immediate backlash the feature was taken down early on Friday morning. Some people using it had failed to see the funny side, saying that by accidentally pressing the button instead of simply sending the email, they have appeared rude or unprofessional, in some cases costing them jobs.
“Today, Gmail is making it easier to have the last word on any email with Mic Drop,” the internet giant said when introducing the service. Simply reply to any email using the new ‘Send + Mic Drop’ button. Everyone will get your message, but that’s the last you’ll ever hear about it. Yes, even if folks try to respond, you won’t see it.”
“I just sent off an email with my resume to the first person who wanted to interview me in months,” one user posted in a Google Help forum. ” I clicked the wrong button and sent it with the mic drop. Well, I guess I’m not getting that job. Words cannot describe how pissed off I am right now. I’m actually shaking. One click, ONE CLICK and I lost the job. Goddamnit. Not funny, google. I’m going to go cry now.”
Another said he had lost his job thanks to the Mic Drop button. “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 offence 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.”
“This is stupid and has no business on an email. It should be optional. I utilise (as most people do) my email for business from sun up until sun down,” wrote another user.
Some users pointed out that the Mic Drop button replaces the commonly used “send and archive” button, which sits next to the send button if users have it activated, and both sends emails and removes them from the inbox at the same time. Many users of this button may accidentally be sending snarky minion GIFs to their co-workers.
Other users reported that the feature is buggy, and that in some instances, pressing the proper blue send button can result in a mic drop.
At around 08.30am on Friday, the feature was taken down, less than 12 hours after it was introduced. “Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. Due to a bug, the MicDrop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry. The feature has been turned off. If you are still seeing it, please reload your Gmail page,” a spokesman said.