Facebook set up a subsidiary in Shanghai but government not at ease
Facebook has set up a Chinese subsidiary to create an “innovation hub” in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, to support developers and start-ups in the country. But there are signs the Chinese government is uncomfortable with Facebook’s push into the country.
China had been a matter of interest for the Californian company despite its platform being blocked by the world greatest country. Facebook is being blocked in this country since 2009 after separatist activists used the network to communicate during an outbreak of riots.
“We are always exploring ways to support developers and innovators around the world,” a facebook spokesperson said, adding that the company has set up similar innovation hubs elsewhere including France and Brazil.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and chief executive, has visited the country, trying out his Mandarin and running in the smog of Tiananmen Square. But this is far too little to convince the Chinese Head to open facebook to their people.