He’s spent years studying Chinese. He’s hosted China’s cyberspace czar at his office, and encouraged employees to read President Xi Jinping’s book “The Governance of China.” Now Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg – whose social network is still blocked by the Great Firewall – has gone yet another mile in his ceaseless courtship of China: He’s gone jogging through Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during a yellow-level smog alert.
On Friday morning Beijing time, when the Air Quality Index had soared over 350, deep into “hazardous” territory, Zuckerberg posted a message on his Facebook account saying he had just jogged through Tiananmen Square. The accompanying photo showed Zuckerberg to be without a protective face mask. “It’s great to be back in Beijing!” he wrote, noting that he’s logged 100 miles of jogging so far in 2016.
The post immediately attracted both praise and derision on Facebook as well as other social media. Some critics snidely wondered how Zuckerberg was able to even post such a message, given that his site is blocked in the country.
“How can you use fb in China? It is forbidden by the government,” asked Yiu Sing Lee. (Zuckerberg, like many Facebookers in China, probably used VPN or similar software to access his own site.)