Baidu spokesperson Kaiser Kuo triggered off many comments, as he wrote during the visit of Facebook‘s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Beijing, that the largest social platform should also come to China. Zuckerberg visited Baidu‘s headquarter and had lunch with its CEO Robin Li.
Kaiser Kuo (in the Q&A Answer service Quora, here quoted in Forbes)
…a Facebook entry into China would be fraught with challenges but personally I believe that having Facebook in China, even if it were compelled to abide by China’s strict censorship requirements, would still be better than not having it here. I believe that it would be a net positive for China’s Internet users. More connectivity is better than less. I felt the same way when Google entered China and acquiesced to the demands of censors: Even though they were censored, they nevertheless helped to expand the information horizons of Chinese Internet users, and I’m very thankful that some compromise was arrived at.
He admits such a move would not be without problems, in the debate that follows:
But yeah, I agree that it would be difficult. And if they did something like this it would bring down a major storm of condemnation from rights groups
Kaiser Kuo is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. When you need him at your meeting or conference, do get in touch.