Baidu Exec Calls For Facebook To Enter China

Zuckerberg meets with Baidu's CEO

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A couple words of caution: Baidu doesn’t speak for the Chinese government, and no one’s hinted that any sort of formal alliance exists between Baidu and Facebook.  A high-ranking Baidu spokesperson has said he’d like to see Facebook operate in China, however.

Kaiser Kuo, Director of International Communications at Baidu, indicated his support while participating in an online discussion about Mark Zuckerberg today.  On Quora, Kuo started by confirming that Zuckerberg met with Robin Li, Baidu’s CEO.

Then Kuo continued, "[A] Facebook entry into China would be fraught with challenges but personally I believe that having Facebook in China, even if it were compelled to abide by China’s strict censorship requirements, would still be better than not having it here.  I believe that it would be a net positive for China’s Internet users.  More connectivity is better than less."

Of course, plenty of questions about human rights and censorship exist.  Plus, American companies have often had trouble getting traction in China even when they obey the Chinese government’s every request.

Still, it looks like Facebook’s got a friend in Baidu – the company that’s pretty well crushed Google – when it comes to establishing a presence in China.

We’ll keep an eye out for any interesting statements on Zuckerberg’s part when he returns from his trip to Beijing.  Hat tip goes to Oliver Chiang.

Baidu Exec Calls For Facebook To Enter China
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  • http://www.sitebyjames.com/ james

    I want to believe that Zuckerberg is really innocent and a huge success born out naivety. I also want believe that China is the perfect place for the western internet companies to easily set up shop. So I think it could be really interesting.

  • J.A. Zhou

    Baidu works closely with the Chinese censorship regime to violate the most basic human rights. The portal proactively censors and shares user information with the authorities in China. The information is used in disappearances, denial of various freedoms, and other atrocities that the Communist Party/State regularly perpetrate.

    Trusting someone such as Mr. Kuo, or anyone at Baidu, an external propaganda agent for the censorship regime in Beijing is ridiculous and frightening. Their complicity in the denial of basic human rights constitute crimes against humanity and are horrifying and offensive.

    Facebook, or any other internet company that enters the Chinese market must carefully evaluate their own potential complicity before rashly entering the market. Companies that participate in China and assist in the denial of basic human rights become the modern day equivalent of Nazi collaborators. Many Nazi collaborators made millions from their complicity, but will live forever in infamy.

    My hope is that Facebook will find a way to participate in China that will help to force China to adopt universal human rights without compromise.


  • jack

    Facebook has signed an agreement with Chinese search engine giant Baidu to set up a new social networking site in China, a leading web portal reported Monday.

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