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Tech companies have been strangely silent on the subject of Chinese censorship. But one reason for their silence might be the millions Chinese companies have invested in these platforms.
In a May 30 podcast with the Harvard Business Review, Reddit COO Jen Wong sang the praises of the company’s newest investor, Chinese tech company Tencent. She told the Review that Tencent was “a really impressive company” who had “enormous success.” However, she failed to mention why Tencent would be a controversial investor -- as the builders of China’s infamous Great Firewall of Censorship.
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In February, Tencent spearheaded a new line of investments into Reddit, giving the platform $150 million. Wong shrugged off an inquiry from the Review over whether Reddit was looking to expand into China. “It’s not on the top of our list,” she said. Even if it was, the site is ironically banned in China completely.
Wong mentioned why Tencent was interested in Reddit, however....
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