Facebook and Baidu to open joint social network in China

The Business Insider is reporting that Facebook, the worlds most popular social network, has formed a deal which will see it partnered with the Chinese search engine company, Baidu, to form a new social site for China. The article is claiming that the reports are from the 'Chinese press, citing inside sources," and that the Facebook.com domain will not see any part of the action, instead a new domain jointly owned by the two companies will be used.

Most social websites are part of the great Chinese firewall, meaning the majority of the population has yet to see Facebook or any of its features. However, this new deal will finally give Facebook access to the 1.3 billion people in China. (2009 statistic). So far it is not clear when the website will launch, or if it ever will since these types of partnerships require approval from the Chinese authorities.

Last year, there were numerous press reports of the the Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg visiting the CEO of Baidu in China, Robin Li. During October of last year, Zuckerberg addressed the students at Standford and asked, "how can you connect the whole world if you leave out a billion people?", "Our theory is that if we can show that we as a western company can succeed in a place where no other country has, then we can start to figure out the right partnerships we would need to succeed".

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17 Comments

XIII said,
Another Google 's in the making.... Seriously, why investing so much in a market that is restrictive, backward and underdeveloped ?

Why would you invest so much in a market that is massively saturated?

XIII said,
Another Google 's in the making.... Seriously, why investing so much in a market that is restrictive, backward and underdeveloped ?

Money?

"Our theory is that if we can show that we as a western company can succeed in a place where no other country has, then we can start to figure out the right partnerships we would need to succeed"

Wait, a western "company" succeeding where no other "country" has? Was that supposed to say no other "company", or did he really say "country"?

Why can't China just unblock Facebook instead of segregating their citizens from the rest of the world by creating a new social network aimed at Chinese citizens???

AshUK said,
Why can't China just unblock Facebook instead of segregating their citizens from the rest of the world by creating a new social network aimed at Chinese citizens???

What, and give Chinese users unfiltered access to corrupting western values and ideas?!

But will there be any connections with Facebook users round the world or will this be completely separate?

I guess this lessens the flak Facebook would get if they agreed to censoring if they keep things at arms length.

This seems legit. I'm sure there is no chance that the IP will be drained from this partnership and Baidu will go on to create it's own social network with said IP.

Facebook was originally developed to connect people, how's that possible I'f a second social network is build.
Nice of Facebook supporting the Chinese Firewall.

Renato456 said,
Facebook was originally developed to connect people, how's that possible I'f a second social network is build.
Nice of Facebook supporting the Chinese Firewall.

EXACTLY my thoughts!

Well, maybe we'll see some kind of merging functions or chat...

GS:mac

Since there will be no communication between Facebook and the supposedly 'BaiBook', Zuckerberg wont be able to connect those billion chinese people to the rest of the world. He will only make them connected within their own country. That sucks.

I bet China will allow this...
Gives them good ways to hook into people's lives...

"Do you really want to deauthorize the apps 'Watchguard', 'China Govt' and 'Big Brother'?"
-"De-authorization failed. Please try again later."

GS:mac

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