Inside Story

Will China lift its ban on Facebook?

Facebook is reportedly building a censorship tool that will allow it to re-enter the lucrative Chinese market.

Facebook has been trying to crack the Chinese market for years.

That’s because a country with more than 700 million internet users could prove lucrative.

But the social media giant has been banned in China since 2009. The goverment has strict rules over online content and what users post to social media.

According to a New York Times article, Facebook is now secretly developing software that will allow Chinese authorities to censor certain information on its site – in exchange for being allowed to operate in the country.

Rights groups say this is giving into censorship.

Facebook hasn’t confirmed or denied this story, but its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been publicly courting Chinese leaders in recent years.

So is the social media behemoth giving into China’s crackdown on freedom of the internet? Or is it just about business?

Presenter: Jane Dutton


Zennon Kapron – CEO of KapronAsia, market research and consulting firm that analyses technology trends in China.

Einar Tangen – Political and economic affairs commentator.

Stephanie Hankey – Executive Director and cofounder of the Tactical Technology Collective.