Facebook has developed censorship software in an effort to get China to lift its seven-year ban on the world’s largest social network, according to reports.
The social network developed the software to suppress posts from appearing in users’ news feeds in specific geographies with the support of the chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, according to the New York Times. The posts themselves will not be suppressed, only their visibility.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country.
“However, we have not made any decision on our approach to China.”
The Cybersecurity Administration of China, the country’s internet regulator, did not immediately respond to request for comment. China’s foreign ministry declined to comment.
China banned Facebook after the Urumqi riots in July 2009 in an effort to stem the flow of information about the unrest which left 140 people dead. …