China has a reputation of blocking almost every single that comes from the western world especially, Facebook.
Believe it or not, China is actually very scared of the consequences if they ever allow Facebook to run their business freely in their country.
The reason for this is because the government of China wants full control of what information coming in and out of their fair country.
To understand how Facebook is connected to China’s policies, take a look at…
An overview of Facebook
Facebook is the World’s number one social media.
Whenever you want to add friends, you don’t say “Hey add me in Google+” because admit it, even you feel awkward if you ask your friend that.
Instead, people add each other in Facebook first before any other social media because it has become a daily part of our lives.
The most awesome part of Facebook is that it is so easy to use that people can just share anything inside and that is what China is so scared of.
Facebook has 1.23 billion users which is EXTREMELY close to the 1.357 billion population of the citizens of China.
Did you know that the USA doesn’t even come half as close to China’s population?
USA has a population of 316 million and although that is a huge amount, it can never be on par with China’s population.
I’m getting sidetracked here, but what I’m trying to say in a nutshell is that China is afraid that information can pass through easily without their control and that is why Facebook is on their number one list of bans.
Other well-known companies that were also banned Twitter, Wikipedia and even a popular website management system called WordPress.
Why China blocked Facebook
Apart from the main focus that Facebook allows users to pass on information freely, there was also an incident which caused China’s ban.
As many countries have rebel and activists, so does China so what happened was that Xinjiang independence activists took a bold step in sending their messages through Facebook which was really effective because many Facebook users are naïve and believe anything the media tells them.
China then banned Facebook because they believe that America’s weapon of destabilization is through social media, particularly Facebook.
The Arab countries are in turmoil because social media managed to spread lies and make man kill man and China didn’t want that that to happen to their country because everyone knows that China has the fastest growing economy in the world.
It may be a brash decision that many people hate but I actually agree with China’s decision in keeping their country safe because who knows that they might be the next in line to be invaded.
But of course, there is also the reason that the government want their people to prosper in business by replacing those big companies so in terms of Facebook, China has Renren and Kaixin001 (You wouldn’t want to create an account there unless you can speak and type in Chinese).
A lot of countries have their own reasons when it comes to taking brash decisions like blocking big companies but before we make our own brash decisions of them, try to understand why they did it because if you were in their place, wouldn’t you do the same?
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I have been exploring for a information on Facebook’s ban on China, glad that I come across your site! China does have a knack for blocking most western companies from establishing a foothold but I believe that Mark Zuckerberg will one day breach China’s market and establish Facebook there! He does have a mandarin speaking wife after all :p
I do hope Facebook can operate in China one day as well, Michie. I have many friends there who are having trouble communicating with me and we have to resort to making calls which can get annoying at times… and expensive. Glad you liked my article Michie!