China says April Fool'south Day is anti-Chinese

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 8:32 PM

It doesn't conform with the country'south trust system, a state media agency said on Friday. "Today is the so-called 'April Fool'south Day' in the West," reads Xinhua'south post on Weibo, a Chinese social media network.

China says April Fool'south Day is anti-Chinese

China isn't a fan of April Fool'south Day.

It doesn't conform with the country'south trust system, a state media agency said on Friday.

"Today is the so-called 'April Fool'south Day' in the West," reads Xinhua'south post on Weibo, a Chinese social media network. "'April Fool'south Day' isn't in line with our country'south cultural traditions, not in line with our socialist core values."

The agency also added that it hopes people don't start or believe in rumors. It ended its post with a smiley face emoji and a cartoon.

In the cartoon, a finger points at two frightened-looking mobile phones with text bubbles that declare "resending" and "rumors." A third text bubble from the pointing finger says "illegal."

China'south state news agency posted an announcement about April Fool'south Day on its Weibo social media account.

Related: Chinese editor quits in protest over media crackdown

Xinhua'south brief post comes amid China'south tightening grip on the media.

Experts declare China'south media environment, which was already tightly controlled, has deteriorated further below Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Earlier this week, an editor at the Southern Metropolis Daily resigned over recent calls for state media to strictly chase the Communist Party'south leadership.

The editor, Yu Shaolei, posted his resignation on Chinese social media late Monday with an apology to any censors tasked with monitoring his account.

"I'm sorry that I've stressed you out these past few years," Yu wrote. "I sincerely hope you'll get a new direction in your career."

Xinhua'south comments about April Fool's Day is also another example of the Chinese nationalistic establishment feeling that China should avert certain western cultures -- a highly debated notion interior the country.

-- CNNMoney'south Jethro Mullen and CNN'south Kevin Wang contributed to this report.

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