Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.
Inside Facebook, the work to enter China runs far deeper. The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added.
It's been almost impossible for US Tech companies to break into China as we've seen with companies like Google, Ebay, Amazon, Uber, etc. The only one I can recall recently who was truly successful was Apple. I wonder if making these tools will endear Facebook with Chinese executives and leadership. I'm also interested in how this relates with Facebook's mission of openness and connecting the world especially given the Great Firewall.