Reports of sightings of Facebook founder and newly-crowned Time Person of the Year Mark Zuckerberg in Beijing abound on the internet today. Twitter user @lhiver swears: “I kid you not, I saw Mark Zuckerberg while passing the Yonghegong Lama Temple this morning on my way to work.” Sina Tech on Weibo reports: “Baidu employee Wang Mengchen took the following picture during lunch of Robin Li (Baidu founder) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Looks like they were having a great time!”
The woman in black on the right of Mark Zuckerberg is his girlfriend Priscilla Chan. Both are said to have taken a tour of the Baidu complex today under the accompaniment of Robin Li. The meeting is a highly secretive one and Baidu employees Sina Tech spoke to said that they did not know anything about the visit.
Baidu’s International Communications Director Kaiser Kuo says he did not get to meet Zuckerberg himself, and “rumors that Baidu is about to acquire Facebook are greatly exaggerated”. He later adds, “C’mon people. Robin and Mark have known each other for a while. Mark’s interest in China is well known. Keep the speculation in check.”
Mark Zuckerberg in China, cont’d