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Facebook Encountering Setbacks In China

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So much for global domination.  Less than two weeks after Facebook targeted the Chinese market, users’ problems with its Chinese-language site point to either serious regional outages or government censorship.

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 Chinese-Language Facebook

The odds seem to favor that second possibility, given everything Wikipedia, YouTube, and various blogs have experienced.  Also, a Facebook spokeswoman told Loretta Chao, "We have not made any changes to our site that would create access problems and are looking into the situation," and this is Facebook, not Twitter, we’re talking about, so outages are far from ordinary.

Since the Chinese-language version of Facebook is new, it’s possible that an employee missed or broke something, though.  Some evidence supports this theory.

Rick Martin writes, "I can verify that it’s not blocked (not all the time anyhow), as I’ve accessed it numerous times in the past few days.  But there have been times as well when it’s just not come up at all. . . .  A ping of facebook.com from my network utility reflects this ‘iffy’ behavior.  Check it out.  Thirty percent packet loss . . ."

Or perhaps, in a third scenario, the Chinese government is trying to censor Facebook and is just handling the job badly.  Olympic preparations are occupying a lot of its attention, after all.

We’ll see whether the situation sorts itself out within a few days.

Facebook Encountering Setbacks In China
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  • http://officialsafetyandsecurity.com Debbie Morgan

    I hope things get worked out.

    I’m wondering if FaceBook China is isolated to just China or will those of us here in the USA be able to have friends there. I’d love to have some friends in China.

    If this is the case, I have to ask, will there be some sort of translation program on board for those of us who don’t speak Chinese and those of them who don’t speak English?

    I wouldn’t put it past the Chinese government to block this effort. It’s very strange how so many products from China are found to cause Americans harm in one way or another.

    I don’t think they wike us vewy much : )

     

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