Facebook, as always, has found a way to deal with things thrown at it. China has blocked Facebook since 2009, post the ethnic riots in the province of Xinjiang, and the Government has prevented access to social network platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. However, now, the platform has developed a new tool that would reach out to the Chinese!
The software tool will suppress posts from appearing in feeds of users of certain regions. It is strategically being built so that it can be used to censor sensitive data in China, and thus reach out to the largest Internet market in the world. It is not really the first time for Facebook – It has blocked content before in countries such as Pakistan, Russia and Turkey, with government censorship efforts. According to New York Times, Facebook has blocked roughly 55,000 pieces of content in about 20 countries between July 2015 and December 2015.
The tool wouldn’t go as far as blocking users from posting sensitive content – instead, it would enable a third part (a prospect Chinese business partner) in order to delegate control to and decide which content to block. This partner will be able to decide which posts show in Chinese users’ news feeds.
“We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country.” said a Facebook spokeswoman in a statement. She also added that no definite decisions have been made yet on this matter, and that the focus right now is to help Chinese businesses and developers expand into new markets outside China by using Facebook’s ad platform.
New York Times
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