Engineers at the social network told the New York Times a tool had been created allowing third parties to block posts from appearing in specific geographic areas - particularly China, where Facebook is blocked.
The New York Times reports that the tool has been in development for a long time, but work accelerated a year ago when Vaughan Smith, vice president for mobile, corporate and business development at Facebook, was placed in charge of the various teams of engineers working on different elements.
Facebook has developed but not offered software that would let a third party control which posts appear in users' feeds, according to a report. "It's better for Facebook to be a part of enabling conversation, even if it's not yet the full conversation", Zuckerberg said, according to the employees, NYT reported.
This software and internal censorship may reek havoc on the citizens who post even a single shred of negative comment (or post) against the government and their working policies.
A Facebook spokesperson said that they are spending time learning and understanding more about the nation and have not finalized on their approach to China.
Facebook spokeswoman Arielle Aryah wrote in an emailed statement to the news agency Reuters that Facebook's focus in China was on helping businesses and developers "expand to new markets outside China". With such a move, whereby the network may be seen as promoting censorship, Facebook is bound to come under further criticism.
However, it's hard to see how the company will maintain its defense of free speech here in the USA, while also promoting this censorship tool in China, he noted.
A key point is that the authorities of China are particular about their privacy laws. It's apparently only one of several ideas Facebook has explored for getting access to China, and they might never be launched. The company has been heavily criticized since the recent US presidential election for failing to curtail the spread of false news articles on its network about the candidates.
Over time, the interpersonal connection by the use of Facebook may improve communities who might be capable to prepare and protest the federal government outdoor of the app. The existence of such a network proves the Chinese population's interest in using Facebook.
Sources close to the project say that Zuckerberg has supported and defended the censorship initiative, despite its apparent clash with Facebook's ideals to "make the world more open and connected". A recent report by The New York Times revealed that Facebook has covertly developed a software that prevents users in certain places to see posts from their news feeds.