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Twitter’s CEO Schedules His First Visit to China

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His product is banned there so dinner conversation could be kind of awkward

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has scheduled his first visit to China for a “personal” tour of the country, where some 600 million internet users are officially banned from tweeting.

Reuters reports that Costolo will meet with students, professors and local officials in Shanghai, including representatives of the city’s free trade zone.

Twitter insisted that Costolo had no plans to lobby for an end to China’s Twitter ban, or even a modest workaround. “We have no plans to change anything about our service in order to enter the market,” read an official statement from the company.

[Reuters]

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