Despite attempting to learn Mandarin and read Xi Jinping’s bestseller, Mark Zuckerberg has failed thus far in his efforts to get Facebook unblocked in China. He now seems willing to take even more extreme measures like jogging in Beijing.
In a Facebook post earlier today, Zuckerberg shared a picture of himself running through Tiananmen Square with a smile on his face:
Shared only four hours ago, the post has already received more than 130,000 reactions (including 125,000 likes), along with lots of snarky comments:
“Did u see the tank?” Huang Yangda writes.
“How can you use fb in China? It is forbidden by the government. Plus the smog in beijing is too serious and harmful for running,” Yiu Sing Lee commented.
“mark, don’t u see the air pollution? Stop running outside! Beijing is my home, but I’m not recommend you run outside…” Christina Tan commented.
It’s certainly true that Zuckerberg could have picked a better time for his promotional jog. Like say last week:
Instead, at the time that Zuckerberg ran through Tiananmen Square, a nearby air quality station measured the AQI at 229. If that kind of “heavily polluted” air keeps up for three days, we get another red alert. At the same time, the US Embassy measured the air quality in Beijing at a “hazardous” PM2.5 level of 287.
03-18-2016 10:00; PM2.5; 287.0; 337; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)
— BeijingAir (@BeijingAir) March 18, 2016