China can’t take a joke

Story by: Carly McWilliams, staff writer
Photo by: Amanda Wiggins, staff photographer


China caused a controversy this past April 1 when their state media declared a ban on April Fools jokes.

The news agency Xinhua announced through social media that “‘Fools’ Day’ is not consistent with our cultural tradition or socialist core values. We hope you will not believe, create, or spread rumors.”

Many replies to the post were humorous, some even mocking. One user commented that the announcement was “the funniest thing today,” while another even said, “The most amusing ‘April Fools’ news is that Xinhua is seriously saying ‘don’t believe rumours’.”

Within hours, the post had been shared over 8,600 times. After receiving the uproar of responses, Xinhua blocked all comments and shares on their post.