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Facebook’s ‘censorship tool' may not open doors in China, analyst says

Facebook might still struggle to get back into the Chinese market even if it develops a censorship tool to screen content from users' feeds, an analyst said on Wednesday.

The New York Timesreported on Tuesday that Facebook had quietly built software that could suppress posts from news feeds in specific geographic areas, igniting concerns over privacy and human rights.

Facebook would not conduct the censorship itself, but would offer the software to a third party for it to monitor posts and take full control to decide what should show up in users' feeds, the report said. The third party was most likely to be a partner Chinese firm, and there was no indication that Facebook had offered the tool to Chinese authorities, it said.

A Facebook spokeswoman said the company had "not made any decision on our approach to China", but it would not confirm or deny whether it was...


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