Many Americans start off their day by checking the news.
But on April 1, what is usually a simple task becomes more difficult with the array of hoaxes that plague the Internet.
Arizona State University students were asked about their methods of sifting the fact from the fiction on April Fool’s Day.
“I often don’t read news on April Fool’s Day, so that’s one of (the methods I use),” says Allie Cooper. “I’m from Virginia, and my school always did a fake news story, and it was common knowledge.”
“I use common sense,” says Alexa Chrisbacher. “If someone said North Korea attacked America today, I probably wouldn’t believe it. I know that joke is on the roster. I’m waiting for it.”
Kayla Pologa also said she uses common sense to filter through false news, and that she tends to distrust extraneous news.
Madeeha Maqsood says she acquires outside input before believing strange stories.
“I would definitely discuss it with my friends,” she says. “If I hear something, I discuss it with my friends. I would also do research, just to check to see if what I was reading is true.”
While these ASU students have their method of making sure that the news they acquire is true, there are many Americans who will fall for these pranks.