Feeds

Facebook 'signs' independent social network deal with Baidu

Put the needle on the record

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Facebook has reportedly inked a deal with Baidu to build a social network for the People's Republic.

According to the report, anonymous sources at China's biggest search engine outfit claimed an agreement had been reached following a number of meetings between Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Baidu CEO Robin Li.

Bloomberg reported on the story this morning, citing Sohu.com.

If the report is accurate, Facebook has in effect agreed to build a standalone or independent version of its hugely popular social networking site for Chinese people.

It's not clear at this stage when such a website will be created by the two firms. Such a joint venture would also need to be approved by the Chinese government.

Presumably such a joint venture type entity would be fully compliant with Beijing's political outlook, while giving Zuckerberg a degree of cover from the sort of grief US campaigners and politicians gave Google over it's China adventures.

Bloomberg understands that talks between Facebook and would-be partners in China had already taken place late last year when Zuckerberg visited the country on a mixed business/holiday trip. As of last week, the news wire said no deal had yet been struck and that discussions were still at an "exploratory stage".

Facebook gave Bloomberg this statement just last week: "We are currently studying and learning about China, as part of evaluating any possible approaches that could benefit our users, developers and advertisers." ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'
Plus: 'Google's IDEALISM is an injudicious justification for inappropriate biz practices'
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.