Facebook blocked in China

Tuesday 12 2017 2 weeks ago 28   Beijing   Print

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Report  Web Desk : Beijing: Facebook is blocked in China, but it is feeling comfortable enough there to look for its own place. The social media giant in recent months has quietly scouted for office space in Shanghai, according to two people with knowledge of its efforts there. Those offices would house employees working on Facebook’s effort to make hardware but could also help with its broader ambitions in China, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the plans. Facebook’s plans are tentative, the people said, and would depend on approval from the Chinese government. But if successful, it would be a symbolic victory for the social network, which has long worked to get into China despite being blocked there for nearly a decade. “We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country in different ways,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in response to questions about the office plans.02