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Twitter Is Exploring How to Enter China

CEO Dick Costolo doesn't expect China to unblock Twitter anytime soon.

Asa Mathat
Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo doesn’t expect his company’s service to be unblocked in China anytime soon, but he admitted on Wednesday at the inaugural Code Conference that Twitter is working on figuring out what kind of service it could launch there down the road.

Costolo said Twitter is in the “very beginning stages of conversations about what it would look like or feel like.” He did not provide any more detail.

Twitter has been blocked in China for six years, but Costolo visited the country in March in what the company described at the time as a voyage to “learn more about the Chinese culture and the country’s thriving technology sector.”

In the session on Wednesday, Costolo explained that the visit also gave him the chance to talk to Chinese companies that advertise globally on Twitter about other ways they can work together.

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