Date
12 December 2017
Mark Zuckerberg shows Lu Wei a book by Xi Jinping (inset) neatly laid out on his desk. Facebook users are reading something into it. Photos: news.china.com.cn, CRIENGLISH.com
Mark Zuckerberg shows Lu Wei a book by Xi Jinping (inset) neatly laid out on his desk. Facebook users are reading something into it. Photos: news.china.com.cn, CRIENGLISH.com

Is Zuckerberg kissing up to China?

If you have an online community as massive as the biggest country on the planet, you can expect a social media firestorm with a misstep.

Especially if you are Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the slip-up — if you can call it that in the first place – involves China.

Regardless, scores of Facebook’s 1.3 billion users are ripping into Zuckerberg for allegedly kissing up to China, ostensibly to get a foot in the door of the world’s biggest internet market.

Zuckerberg famously laid out a book by Chinese leader Xi Jinping on his desk and showed it off to Lu Wei, minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China, during a recent visit to the Facebook campus, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

Also, Zuckerberg told his guest that he encourages his employees to read Xi Jinping: The Governance Of China to learn more about socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Facebook subscribers are worried Zuckerberg might soon become too cozy with his new friend and might start giving him user information — and other secrets.

One user said he would stop using Facebook and also drop WhatsApp and Instagram, both owned by Facebook.

The Chinese official was paying a return visit to Facebook after Zuckerberg went to China in October when he met China’s anti-corruption tsar Wang Qishan.

Lu also visited Apple Inc. and reportedly told chief executive Tim Cook that any new technology products can only be released on the Chinese market after scrutiny by internet security regulators.

No word what Cook showed his guest by way of a goodwill gesture.

By the way, Google, which exited China in 2010 rather than deal with its censors, was not on Lu’s itinerary.

Some netizens have praised Google for having guts.

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