Zuckerberg gasps to see China lift ban on Facebook

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference on April 12, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference on April 12, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

Facebook has been trying to crack the Chinese market for years.

That’s because a country with more than 700 million internet users could prove lucrative.

But the social media giant has been banned in China since 2009. The goverment has strict rules over online content and what users post to social media.

According to a New York Times article, Facebook is now secretly developing software that will allow Chinese authorities to censor certain information on its site – in exchange for being allowed to operate in the country.

Rights groups say this is giving into censorship.

Facebook hasn’t confirmed or denied this story, but its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been publicly courting Chinese leaders in recent years.

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