>> It took less than a day for Facebook's dream of finally entering China to get a wake up call Beijing style. A Reuter's check Wednesday of a Chinese government database that had granted registration for a Facebook subsidiary in the City of Hangzhou. Previously seen and reported on just hours before showed the registration had disappeared.
The approval was supposed to grant Facebook permission to create a so-called innovation hub to support local start-ups. Reuters China technology correspondent Cate Cadell isn't surprised.>> So obviously the biggest difficulty is the censorship here. Facebook is kind of used by Chinese officials as a case study for why censorship is a good idea sometimes.
That just shows how opposed they are to this idea of an unfettered, uncensored social media network. And the issues that Facebook has been having with US politics is only reaffirmed with the government that they don't want that side of Facebook in the country.>> Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.
It's social media site has been banned in China for a decade, and it's Whatsapp messaging service was blocked last year.>>
>> CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been brushing up on the local language, hoping to finally find a way in, even if through the back door by promising to support Chinese developers, innovators and start-ups.
But with the subsidiary plan now a bust, Facebook like so many other big tech firms, has to find the right way to convince Beijing to see it as more friend than foe.