Facebook Staying Out of China… For now

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Chinese FacebookWith all the changes going on at Facebook headquarters, and the constant attempt to expand its user base, one might expect Facebook to enter China soon. Don’t hold your breath.

Strict Censorship Rules

In 2007, Facebook first registered their domain in China as Facebook.cn. However, in 2008 the Chinese government blocked access to their users because of the country’s strict censorship rules.

Recent trips to China by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, have caused a hype in speculations that the world’s biggest social media network may enter soon. However this morning Facebook’s North Asia director Jayne Leung announced that the company still has no plans to launch their site in China.

Facebook’s Past

Nearing one billion users, Facebook has never been known for sharing their plans with the public. Just six months before Facebook went public at $38 a share Zuckerburg said Facebook was in no hurry to make a bid for the stock exchange. I wonder if negotiations with China are being broadcasted in the same light.

What’s Ahead

It’s going to take a lot of work and convincing from Facebook in order please Chinese officials and gain access in the country.  But with an estimated 538 million internet users in China, I have a hard time believing that Facebook will back down anytime soon.

Jamie Bates
Online Marketing Director