Facebook is reportedly close to linking up with China’s biggest search engine Baidu, in a deal that would end the country’s censorship of the social network.
In order to get around the heavy control imposed by the Chinese government – which has seen Facebook blocked in China since around 2008 – the website will be totally unconnected to the international Facebook.com site, essentially creating China’s own ‘closed’ version of the network.
It is hoped that this allowance will appease censors, whose primary concern is the use of social-website platforms for organising protests and spreading dissenting messages.
Regardless of any moral quandary, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be eager to boost his website’s presence in a country that could help push Facebook to its next user-milestone — the billion mark.
Currently, those trying to access Facebook from China receive an error message.
(Source: The Wall)