Mark Zuckerberg wants the entire world using Facebook, but he’ll never achieve that as long as the 1.4-billion-strong population of China is blocked from accessing the social network. And now it has become apparent how far Zuckerberg is willing to bend in an attempt to unlock access to China.
Three current and former Facebook employees have confirmed to the New York Times that a software tool exists allowing the social network to be censored. The software was not created for use by Facebook employees, though. Instead, Facebook would allow a third-party to use it in order to monitor and censor the posts of users on a per region basis.
In the case of China, the tool would most likely be controlled by a Chinese company the government tasked with monitoring the social network. Of course, that would only happen if Facebook was allowed to operate inside the Great Firewall.