Facebook Looking To Open A Sales Office In Beijing

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The office could open even though Facebook was banned in China five years ago, according to Bloomberg News. A new office would service Chinese businesses wanting to advertise internationally.

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MONTAGNE: Bloomberg news reports that Facebook could open a sales office in Beijing from within a year. This, even though it was banned in China five years ago. A new office would service Chinese businesses wanting to advertise internationally.

China is one of the large markets that Facebook has not yet broken into. The same is true for other major U.S. Internet companies, such as eBay, Twitter and Google, all of which have been banned by a Chinese government concerned about social instability and internal dissent.

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