Tuesday November 22, 2016

Facebook Creating A Censorship Tool To Get Back Into China

You would think that, with as much as Facebook talks about how it's all about freedoms and protecting its users, the company would simply refuse to do business in China rather than create a censorship tool.

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. Facebook has restricted content in other countries before, such as Pakistan, Russia and Turkey, in keeping with the typical practice of American internet companies that generally comply with government requests to block certain content after it is posted.