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 find 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 last word on any email with Mic Drop. 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," a post on the company's Official Gmail Blog read.