Facebook figured out how to "sneak" in China


Facebook might have just entered China's app store - but you'd never know it at first glance.

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.

In a bid to explore the high-potential Chinese online market, Facebook has authorised the release of a new app here that does not carry its name. 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.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spent years courting the potentially lucrative Chinese market: He's given a talk in Mandarin and gone jogging in Tiananmen Square.

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Facebook figured out how to "sneak" in China

"We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country in different ways". However, tech companies are incessantly striving to get into China. The covert, and perhaps creative, tactics conducted to achieve a long-sought goal exemplifies Facebook's (and the larger US tech community's) desire to be accepted by China.

However, the room number listed in company registration documents could not be found amid a series of shabby, small offices on the building's fourth floor.

The app, which is created to collate photos from a smartphone's photo albums and then share them, does so in China with the use of a QR code, a sort of bar code that is widely used by WeChat and other apps in the country.

That indicates she likely is associated with the social media giant. But according to The New York Times, Facebook might have found a subtle workaround to penetrating the country. Even Colorful Balloons relies heavily on Chinese social platform WeChat to function. It was released through a separate company without any hint of Facebook's affiliation.

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