Explained: What Made Facebook Ban Trump’s Accounts For At Least Two Years

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Facebook(FB) has more than 2.8 billionmonthly active sầu usersworldwide, with primarily no footprint in China. That’s because Facebook is banned in Đài Loan Trung Quốc, along with many other global social truyền thông providers. The Chinese government controls Internet content and restricts, deletes, or bans nội dung it deems is not in the interest of the state. This has grown to become a long các mục of companies.


The "Great Firewall" in Trung Quốc prevents Internet users from viewing or positing socially or politically sensitive content.Facebook and other foreign Internet companies are blocked in Trung Quốc, và Facebook"s efforts to lớn court China have sầu been rebuffed.Meanwhile, homegrown services such as TikTok, WeChat, Sina Weibo, và Tencent QQ flourish under the watchful eye of government censors.

Timeline of Actions

Chinese authorities blocked Facebookalong with Twitter và Google servicesin July 2009 following riots in Xinjiang, a special autonomous region in western Đài Loan Trung Quốc. The crackdown was aimed at curtailing communications ahy vọng independence activists.


China is considered lớn have one of the most extensive và sophisticated censorship regimes in the world. Dubbed the "Great Firewall," a number of methods are employed to lớn control online expression, including trang web blocking and từ khóa filtering, censoring social truyền thông, và arresting nội dung posters who broach sensitive or political issues. A host of government agencies wield authority over the mạng internet in Đài Loan Trung Quốc, such as the Central Propaganda Department & the Ministry of Public Security. In năm trước, it established the Cyberspace Administration of Đài Loan Trung Quốc as the main body for Internet censorship in China.


The Great Firewall prevents users from accessing foreign news sites such as the Đài truyền hình BBC, The Thành Phố New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, aao ước others. Foreign website services that are blocked include Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Yahoo, Slack, và YouTube.

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In 2018, Facebook attempted to lớn set up a $30 million subsidiary in Hangzhou to incubate start-ups & give sầu advice khổng lồ local businesses. Permission lớn run the start-up was quickly withdrawn.


Despite not being able to operate in Đài Loan Trung Quốc, Facebook derives significant revenue from the country. In its 20trăng tròn annual report, the company said it generated "meaningful revenue from a limited number of resellers representing advertisers based in China." Pivotal Research Group estimated that number khổng lồ be $5 billion. Meet Social, a Shenzhen-based advertising reseller, said it would place between $1 billion và $2 billion in advertising on Facebook & Instagram in 2019.


Who Is Successful in Chinese Social Media?

While the Great Firewall has kept foreign mạng internet companies at cất cánh, homegrown companies have been allowed khổng lồ flourish. Some of the larger players include e-commerce retailers Alibabố (BABA) & JD.com (JD), search engine Baidu (BIDU), and micro-blogging service Sina Weibo (WB). Tencent QQ and WeChat are popular messaging apps similar to WhatsApp, while Tudou và Youku are China"s version of YouTube.


Some Chinese Internet companies have enjoyed considerable success abroad. Beijing-based ByteDance runs the short-khung video clip phầm mềm TikTok, estimated to lớn have 600 million daily users worldwide.


How to lớn Access Facebook in Đài Loan Trung Quốc

In addition khổng lồ being banned in Trung Quốc, Facebook is also blocked in North Korea & Iran. The special administrative regions of Macau & Hong Kong have sầu access under "One Country, Two Systems."


Despite the ban, there are a few ways to lớn access Facebook & other blocked sites in Trung Quốc. Below are three options:


Virtual private networks (VPN) are indispensable to lớn travelers and foreigners living in Trung Quốc. Though VPNs are sometimes blocked and difficult lớn use, foreigners report they remain available. It is suggested you secure several VPN subscriptions before entering Đài Loan Trung Quốc, và always assume traffic is being monitored.A proxy trang web is another option, though these can also be monitored.Tor helps users to lớn surf the Internet anonymously. However, hackers in China have sầu found ways to lớn prevent users from accessing the network.

The Future of Facebook in Đài Loan Trung Quốc

The Great Firewall prevents U.S. internet companies from establishing a foothold in Đài Loan Trung Quốc. Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive sầu officer of Facebook, has made several high-protệp tin visits to Trung Quốc, with little progress. The site has been blocked since 2009, though Facebook still manages lớn earn some revenue via advertising reseller networks. As long as strict controls remain in place, it appears Facebook & others will remain on the sidelines.

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