Facebook was originally banned in China in 2009, as the Chinese authorities claimed that it had been used to organize protests in the country. The so-called Great Firewall of China prevents users from accessing Facebook. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook estimated that it has 0% penetration in China.
Mark Zuckerberg continues to push for the rights of Chinese surfers to access the popular social media network. But apparently he is not having any luck, but is it due to his odd eating habits?
According to the media
, Chinese animal rights activists have said that Zuckerberg has an "unacceptable attitude to animals" and have told the government to continue boycotting the web site. Zuckerberg is known to eat only animals that he has killed himself. These include lobsters, a pig, chickens and a goat.
The U.S. billionaire has for some time taken interest in the Chinese culture including its history, language and cuisine. The animal rights activists say that Zuckerberg ate a dog during his first visit to the country in 2010. This was claimed to be at a local delicatessen - however, it is unknown if he killed the dog himself.
The Chinese have been eating dog meat for thousands of years and many restaurants in China serve the delicacy.
Zuckerberg's interview with Fortune magazine
shouldn't really be part of the problem. He stated: “I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have.”
Last week the Facebook giant
and his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan visited Beijing, his second visit to the country and many think that this may be his latest attempt to persuade China to accept Facebook.
In an Apple store in the city, Chinese bloggers posted photographs in an attempt to finally get access to the leading social networking web site, which currently has more than 800 million users. However, chances look slim that this will happen in the near future.
Seems ironic if the popular social network is blocked in China due to cruelty to animals, with such horrific stories on the subject emanating regularly from that country.