China's popular online portal on August 4, said an article captioned “This ‘TikTok Slaughter Battle’ completely tore off Zuckerberg’s mask as the ‘Chinese people’s good son-in-law’” was published widely in China's official media. The article criticised Mark Zuckerberg for stating at a U.S. Congress hearing on how the Chinese government steals U.S. Technology: “I believe that China’s stealing technology from U.S. tech companies is well-documented.” It said he was one of four CEOs, along with Tim Cook (of Apple), Sundar Pichai (of Google) and Jeff Bezos (of Amazon) at the hearing and the only one who stated firmly that China definitely steals U.S. technology. Since the parents of Zuckerberg’s wife Priscilla Chan were Chinese refugees who fled from Vietnam, Beijing had been calling Zuckerberg “the Chinese people’s good son-in-law.” The article then said that Zuckerberg had tried many things for several years to get Beijing to let Facebook enter China, but after he could not do it, he revealed his true face and, last year, became hostile towards China. The article blamed him for having a double standard when closing several Facebook accounts, which Zuckerberg said to be connected to the Chinese government, for spreading “fake news” about Hong Kong; for using the “China threat” theory to promote his virtual currency; and for trying to destroy TikTok, his rival.

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