Facebook built censorship software to enter China, report says

Facebook quietly created software to censor posts from appearing in people’s News Feeds as part of the tech firm’s efforts to re-enter China, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.

The social media network, which has 1.79 billion users, has been blocked in the country since 2009.

Facebook wouldn’t block posts itself, but would team up with a third party such as a Chinese company, according to the media outlet. The software is one of many ideas that Facebook has been looking at and it may not come to fruition.

“We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement to SiliconBeat. “However, we have not made any decision on our approach to China. Our focus right now is on helping Chinese businesses and developers expand to new markets outside China by using our ad platform.”

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