Facebook had created a censorship tool that could help it enter China


Huge scoop from New York Times, essentially showing that Facebook has made a tangible commitment of significance for entering China. Of course, there's no telling whether the censorship system -- which hides posts from users -- would ever be rolled out, or accepted by the Chinese government, but the fact it exists in some form is notable. Interestingly, the report suggests that a number of engineers brought to the project have resigned in protest at its aims, yet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended his interest in China in the belief that just being there in any form, albeit under local laws, is better than not being there. Re-entering China wouldn't be easy, laws aside, since most Chinese don't need and probably wouldn't use Facebook's service anyway.


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