Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a habit of announcing that the company is closing down operations in certain countries, but a few months ago, he took a page from his boss and announced that he was closing down his own company, Twitter.
He also said that he had shut down all of Twitter’s social media operations in China, and that his company would continue to “focus on our core product, Twitter.”
The move was widely interpreted as a bid to appease China, which is under pressure to do something about the use of social media by the country’s censors.
Now, a new report claims that Zuckerberg has also shut down the accounts of all of his employees, including employees who work for him directly.
The New York Times reports that all of Zuckerberg’s employees have been placed on administrative leave for two weeks, but the company hasn’t provided a reason for the shutdown.
The Times reports: The move to sever ties with its most vocal critics has been made at a time when Twitter is struggling to regain traction in China.
While China’s government is pressing ahead with an effort to crack down on the social network’s users, a recent court decision allowed Twitter to continue to sell ads on its site in that country.
Some of the Chinese government’s critics have called on the company to do the same.
In recent months, China has stepped up its efforts to clamp down on online expression, including a crackdown on Twitter in May that led to the suspension of some users.
“Twitter’s CEO has made this decision to stop his company from working with his employees,” the Times quoted one Twitter employee as saying.
Zuckerberg said that the social media company would “focus our efforts on our service and products.”
Facebook is not the only company to have been forced to close down its operations in recent years.
In February, Google closed down all Google+ social media accounts after the social networking giant was accused of suppressing criticism of the company.
The social media giant had also been under investigation for a series of privacy violations, including an apparent attempt to censor the company’s users in 2015.
Facebook has had a difficult year.
In December, it lost $10 billion in the first quarter of 2016, and had revenue of just $1.1 billion.
The company has also been hit with a series a legal challenges, including one filed by an Arizona man who claims he was paid more than $2,000 a month to post messages critical of the government.
A second lawsuit is now also pending in New York state, but Facebook is still awaiting a ruling on the case.
The shutdown is the latest example of how social media has become an increasingly important tool for the censors in China and beyond.
In 2016, Facebook was shut down in China because of a crackdown by the government on online speech.
It was then shut down again in October.
And last year, Facebook and Twitter were shut down after China’s state-owned China Unicom launched a nationwide censorship campaign against the company and the social networks that rely on them.
The campaign targeted the social-media companies’ content and users, and it is still ongoing.