Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook has made it a big point of having meetings with politicians in China, studying the propaganda of the Communist Party, Mandarin and even talking it while in public.
App for sharing photos entitled Colorful Balloons for functions and appearance very similar to another company’s product Facebook – Moments. As we said, the local company doesn’t show any affiliation with Facebook.
The stealthy and anonymous release of an app by a major foreign technology company in China is unprecedented. The country boastfully holds 700 million internet users which make the country more lucrative to the global tech corporations.
Facebook hopes it can learn and potentially assimilate those ways.
“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 representative for Facebook said in a statement.
It’s not clear if China’s internet regulators are aware of Colorful Balloons’ connection to Facebook.
“It’s not a mere business thing”, said Teng Bingsheng, a professor of strategic management at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.
Facebook has finally managed to sneak into China. He even posted a photo of himself jogging past Tiananmen Square a year ago that caused a stir on social media.
Colorful Balloons represents the opposite approach – one that is low profile. Apple was required to remove all its VPN apps from its China based App Store.
However, the company’s documents used for registering it, listed a room number of its office that was not found amidst several small, shabby offices on the fourth floor of the building. Zhang’s presence at such a high-level meeting indicated she is likely a Facebook adviser or employee.
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The app has been created to collate photos from the photo albums of smartphones and share them.
It appears this was far more than a knockoff app, however.
In 2009, Chinese authorities banned Facebook in China, followed by Instagram its app for photo-sharing in 2014, and WhatsApp its messaging app was partially banned just last month.