Twitter To Launch In China Soon?

Micro-blogging service Twitter is planning to set shop in the People's Republic of China and has cited technical problems and staff shortage as the only factors preventing it to do so, according to a report in the Associated Press.

The service, which is currently banned in the country, allows users to post 140-character long messages in real-time and has forged a massive user base across the globe.

During a panel conference on social media, which was taking place in New York's Paley Centre, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey said that it was only a matter of time before the company entered the Chinese market.

He was replying to a question asked by leading Chinese activist Ai Weiwei, who was present at the discussion via satellite link. Weiwei has been rallying against China's draconian censorship laws for a long time now and claims that he uses the social network for almost 8 hours every day.

Speaking at the panel meeting, which was attended by many via Twitter, Dorsey confessed that he was made aware to the fact that the Chinese government had banned the service, only a few weeks prior to the panel discussion.

He admitted that while 'getting into the country' was a difficult task, he hoped to get the full cooperation from the US government for doing so.

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Dorsey also assured that the primary task was to develop a Chinese version of Twitter and find a way to get pass the 'Great Firewall' of China. Interestingly there are a number of Twitter clones already operating in China and Twitter must make sure that it is there before the local competitors become too big.

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