Diplomacy

Is Facebook Ready for China?

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's boy king, is in Beijing this week meeting with technology executives in a country where his social-networking site is still banned. The visit has set off speculation that the site is preparing to find common cause with the Chinese government and begin operating inside the country. This fall, Zuckerberg said that Facebook is trying to figure out the "right partnerships that we would need to do in China to suceed on our terms." The majority of Facebook's 500 million users are outside the United States, but China's censorship has prevented the company from gaining traction there.