Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Facebook Attempts to Enter China Unnoticed

Facebook Attempts to Enter China Unnoticed

Facebook has been officially blocked in China since 2009, and parts of WhatsApp's service were recently blocked within the country's borders.

China's ruling Communist Party controls internet traffic across the country's borders and tries to keep the public from seeing thousands of websites including Facebook.

Colorful Balloons looks and operates nearly exactly like the Moments app, except without any mention of Facebook, so much so that it could easily be considered a local clone.

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Facebook has said its goal of connecting the world wouldn't be possible without the world's most populated country but declined to confirm the details that were first reported by the New York Times. So they launched an app on sharing photos, in order to dodge the Chinese law, as a person knowing about the company's plans told The New York Times. Videos of him speaking Mandarin have gone viral, as did a photo of him jogging on a dangerously smoggy day through Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

It was unclear if China's various internet regulators were aware of the app's existence, the Times said. She appeared in a photo taken at a meeting held between officials at Facebook and the government of Shanghai.

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The app has been created to collate photos from the photo albums of smartphones and share them. However, tech companies are incessantly striving to get into China.

The risk Facebook is taking with the new app is high.

Internet censorship in China has left big companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook out of the enormously large Chinese market that has an audience of over 700 million users on internet. For example, people who post photos from Colorful Balloons on WeChat will see a link that lets other users download Facebook's Chinese app.

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