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Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a public note Wednesday that Facebook has decided not to build data centers in countries that have been violating human rights, including privacy and freedom of expression.
Zuckerberg seems to be referring to China, where the social media site is banned and where Facebook has long been working to expand business.
China - Regulations - Data - Country - Apple
China has strict regulations in storing data in the country, and Apple has already built a data center that complies with these regulations.
Facebook has previously built its first data center in Asia in Singapore, where the government restricts freedom of press and speech.
Mark - Zuckerberg - Vow - Facebook - Privacy
Mark Zuckerberg's vow to overhaul Facebook with new privacy rules is likely to spell the end of its years-long campaign to enter China.
Facebook's CEO said in a blog post on Wednesday that the social network will not build data centers in countries that have a record of violating privacy and freedom of expression.
Stance - Facebook - Service - China - Data
That moral stance would likely make it impossible for Facebook to offer its service in China, where recent data localization laws require that internet service providers keep all personal data produced by its citizens — from emails to selfies — on computers within the country's borders.
"As we build our infrastructure around the world, we've chosen not to build data centers in countries that have a track record of violating human rights like privacy or freedom of expression," Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook decided not to build data centers in those countries because it can make it easier for governments to access people's sensitive data, he said.
Observers - Implication
To many observers, the implication was obvious.
"In other news, Zuck has clearly given up on entering China, as these changes makes that impossible. Good," Alex Stamos, adjunct professor at Stanford and Facebook's former chief security officer, tweeted after Zuckerberg published his comments.
Source - Facebook
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