Dick Costolo On China: Don’t Count On Twitter (Or Facebook) Getting In There Soon

Twitter definitely is big in the U.S. and many other countries, but don’t count on it becoming legally available in China in the near future, said CEO Dick Costolo today at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. “In my conversations over there in Shanghai, I don’t think Twitter or Facebook will be unblocked [on Chinese Internet servers] anytime soon,” said Costolo, responding to a question from an audience member who said she was with the Chinese Internet company TenCent. “So my conversations over there are about the kinds of business we can do.” For Twitter, that means talking with “lots of Chinese-based advertisers who are delivering ads overseas,” Costolo said. He then added carefully, “That was the majority of our conversations over there.” As for the rest of his Shanghai conversations, Costolo hinted that Twitter executives did meet with Chinese representatives about how it could finally be available there. “We’re in the very beginning stages of what it would look like over there.”

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