Facebook launches "secret" app to dodge the bans in China

Reuters

Reuters

Facebook isn't welcome in China, but that hasn't stopped the social media giant from managing to establish presence one way or another. App Colorful Balloons was released through a local company, without any hints on the connection with Facebook. The photo-sharing app, called Colorful Balloons, was released in May to help Facebook enter a market that it's been blocked since 2009, a source said. However, its interest in studying the people's interest in sharing photos remains.

"We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country in different ways", a spokesperson for Facebook told Reuters. To log into the new app the largest social network in China, WeChat, is used. While Facebook is totally banned in China, WhatsApp, on the other hand, is only partially blocked.

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The Communist Party of China has massively prevented its constituents from viewing several popular websites and applications including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The country boastfully holds 700 million internet users which make the country more lucrative to the global tech corporations. The news of "Colorful Balloons" being launched has not indicated any type of uprising in the regions' technology division as well.

It's unclear whether Chinese regulators were aware of the app, and it could muddy up the waters even further between tech companies and the country. As we said, the local company doesn't show any affiliation with Facebook. Mozur then connected the seemingly-fake company name behind the app to a woman who appeared in a photo of a meeting between Facebook and the Chinese government.

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