The job opening on Facebook. (Internet photo)
Facebook's job opening for a language specialist in simplified Chinese posted almost two weeks ago has triggered a new round of speculations that the world's leading social networking site is preparing to enter China, where it is currently blocked.
The Chinese-language monthly magazine Business Value reported the job opening with the headline: "What Facebook wants to do to China?" It said the social networking site may be coming to China soon given that it is seeking candidates with experience in localization and translation for websites and user interfaces for users of simplified Chinese characters. The candidate should maintain and upgrade the simplified Chinese glossary and style guide to make sure they are appropriate to the target users, it said.
Facebook has said it will work with translation team in China to provide greater user experience. It may set up its own translation team in the country besides the job opening which is located at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
The magazine said there have been other events over the past few years suggesting Facebook may soon attempt to break into China. Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg visited China in September last year to promote her new book and met with Cai Mingzhao, director of the State Council's news office.
The social networking site has also been directly hiring graduate students from 211 universities such as Tsinghua University in Beijing, offering them positions at its headquarters in the United States on salaries similar to those offered to American graduates. Facebook has also been seeking talent from major Chinese internet companies such as Tencent and Baidu.
The company has reportedly conducted one-to-one interviews with engineers who have experience in working for Chinese internet companies to learn details about data centers, securities, collocation centers and backup centers in China, according to Business Value.
Cai Mingzhao 蔡名照