The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg enjoyed a run through the Beijing smog. This was to drum up support for his online social media service in China where it is currently banned.
Mark Zuckerberg took a jogging trip through Tiananmen Square today. He had a smile plastered on his face as he huffed and puffed his way on the pavement below with limited company.
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His brainchild Facebook is banned in China due to its freedom-supporting licentious nature. He was in the country to attend an economic forum that will allow many business leaders the golden opportunity to rub shoulders with senior Chinese politicians.
In a post on his Facebook page, he expressed his gratitude and said that it was good to be back in Beijing. He also mentioned the fact that he had jogged all the way from Tiananmen Square to the Temple of Heaven.
He could be seen in the pic jogging in front of a large portrait of Chairman Mao. This portrait hangs on the portal of the Forbidden City. Zuckerberg had no mask on his face despite the high pollution levels in the city. Even the other members who accompanied him were mask-free.
The thick smog in the city has reached dangerous levels recently. It was above 300 micrograms per cubic meter. The Embassy of the United States had warned that everyone ought to remain indoors.
Zuckerberg however is not one to listen to orders from seniors (or he would not have been able to create Facebook in the first place). This enterprising entrepreneur plans on bringing Facebook to China willy-nilly.
Mark Zuckerberg is used to posting pics of him running and jogging. However, this time around several Chinese Net users treated his efforts at cultural rapprochement with mockery and derision.
Only through VPN technology is Facebook accessible in China. As the Communist Party of China puts the screws to the censorship process, Zuckerberg is even more adamant as regards his efforts to bring Facebook to the Land of Chopsticks and Dim Sum.
Mark Zuckerberg has received considerable criticism from the Chinese for his sycophantic treatment of the leaders of the country.
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Many online commentators said that the ground on which Tiananmen Square was built was still soaked in the blood of the students who had revolted against the government way back in 1989. If Zuckerberg wanted to prove his authenticity he should do more forceful things than taking a harmless hike in the area.