Facebook Blocks A Chinese Billionaire’s Tales Of Corruption Among Family Members Of Top Communist Party Officials

Guo Wengui in his apartment in New York in May. Facebook has blocked a profile with his name and a page associated with him. Credit James Estrin/The New York Times
New York Times: Facebook Blocks Chinese Billionaire Who Tells Tales of Corruption

HONG KONG — A Chinese billionaire living in virtual exile in New York, Guo Wengui has riled China’s leaders with his sometimes outlandish tales of deep corruption among family members of top Communist Party officials.

On Saturday, his tales proved too much for one of his favorite platforms for broadcasting those accusations: Facebook.

The social media network said it had blocked a profile under Mr. Guo’s name and taken down another page associated with him. Facebook said the content on both pages had included someone else’s personal identifiable information, which violates its terms of service.

Facebook investigated the accounts after receiving a complaint, according to a spokeswoman.


WNU Editor: Facebook is positioning itself to do this …. The timing may be right for Facebook to enter China next year, analyst predicts (CNBC). Blocking Guo Wengui is a signal to Beijing that Facebook is willing to accommodate their concerns.