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Mark Zuckerberg's Beijing smog jog chokes up Chinese social media

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Donny Stiteler
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A photograph of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg jogging through the smog in downtown Beijing has prompted a torrent of comments – not all of them flattering – on Chinese social media.

Zuckerberg, who is in the Chinese capital for an economic forum, posted the photo of himself and five others running through Tiananmen Square on Friday, with the gate to the Forbidden City imperial palace in the background.

None wore the air-filtering face masks that are ubiquitous in Beijing and other Chinese cities in the photo, posted to Zuckerberg s Facebook page.

At the time the picture was taken, Beijing s air pollution index was well into the hazardous zone, at about 15 times of the level considered safe by the World Health Organisation.

Experts urge people to avoid any outdoor activities when pollution is high.

Zuckerberg is a much loved personality in China where Facebook is banned along with other overseas social media platforms.

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