Not Just Censorship: The Stories Behind The Tech Giants’ Defeat In China
In 2016, when Uber China was sold to its Chinese ride-hailing competitor Didi, tech observers were much less surprised by the news than when Google shut down its engines in China back in 2010. Since then, the trend of Western tech giants habitually failing in Chinese markets has firmly set in. First, there were eBay and Facebook, then Twitter, Youtube, and more recently Uber, What’s App and Instagram. I can hear you saying: “Wait, Facebook or Instagram didn’t fail, they were banned by the Communist censorship”.