Facebook opening office in China despite ban

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 5 months ago)

Facebook appears to be taking its China ban in its stride. According to reports, the company is planning on opening a sales office in Beijing, and is already in negotiations about property. This comes fresh off Facebook VP Vaughan Smith's proclamation that Facebook has a "rapidly growing" business in China, and that opening a sales office there would be the obvious way forward for the company. This comes in spite of the ban on the social network in the country, which Smith addressed by noting the "thousands of developers" using Facebook to reach customers overseas.

If this deal goes through, Facebook would be following in Google's footsteps. Despite the search engine having been blocked in China, Google still has a local sales office there. 

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