April Fools&#thirty-nine; Day Is Number Joke To Chinese Regime

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:16 PM

Official state media says the Western tradition of pranks on first April doesn't fit with the country's "socialist core values".

April Fools&#thirty-nine; Day Is Number Joke To Chinese Regime

China&#thirty-nine;s rigidly controlled state media has apparently failed to look the comic side of April Fools' Day and urged people to disdain the tradition.

While it's become a custom around the world for people to play jokes, pranks and hoaxes on first April, it seems it's a humorous custom the Chinese leadership wants to discourage.

In a message posted online, the country'south official Xinhua news agency said: "Today is the so-called ‘Fools' Day’ in the West.

"Fools' Day doesn’t consist with our country’s traditional culture, the socialist core values.

"Hope nobody believes in rumours, creates rumours or spreads rumours.”

But the post has been ridiculed by Chinese social media users.

Some said it was the best joke of the day, while others were confused about whether it was itself meant to be comic or a serious comment.

Xinhua banned any comments, but people took to other outlets to mock the official party stance.

One said: “Living in China, every day is a Fool’s Day."

Another wrote: "Don’t you think this post itself is the biggest joke?!"

One person posted: “It’s just a day to bring people some fun. Official media wants to obtain attention, so to publish such post, so stupid.”

But one said: "This is Xinhua’s joke, don’t you see?"

China has been concerned about the influence of social media.

Three years ago, the ruling communist party launched a campaign to criminalise the spreading of rumours. 

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