June 18, 2018

Facebook figured out how to "sneak" in China

13 August 2017, 03:42 | Kevin Scott

Facebook figured out how to "sneak" in China

Facebook figured out how to

Facebook is blocked in China, and so are many other USA apps.

Colorful Balloons, which was approved by the company in May, resembles Facebook's Moments app.

The social network has been secretly testing a photo sharing app called Colourful Balloons in the country, The New York Times reported on Friday. It was released through a separate company without any hint of Facebook's affiliation. Nevertheless, Silicon Valley corporations barely get access to the Chinese market due to China's strict internet censorship policy.

As writes the edition, a hidden and anonymous a major foreign technology company in China is unprecedented.

Trump Moves To Crack Down On Chinese Intellectual Property Practices
President Trump plans to call for an investigation into China's intellectual property practices, according to reports Friday. The administration has been eyeing other moves to rebalance the U.S.

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United's transfer activity is sufficient
JOSE MOURINHO , Manchester United manager, expressing his satisfaction with his new recruits. Home form let down United last season with their 10 home draws - the highest in the league.

Federer into final of ATP Rogers Cup
Federer hammered five aces, made just two double faults and won 81% of his first serve points in the 68-minute centre court match. He is the youngest player ever to reach the semifinals of a Masters Series tournament, one level below the Grand Slams.

"Colorful Balloons can group users' phone pictures and videos based on time, locations and characters". The release of the app could give Facebook a better understanding of the social media habits of China's 700 million internet users.

The app has a few distinct features that cater to the Chinese market. However, the executive director of the purported developer, Zhang Jingmei, has attended at least one crucial meeting between Facebook and Chinese officials - there's a real chance that she's a Facebook adviser or employee. In the rest of the world, the company's Moments app connects users through Facebook. The Times says it illustrates the "desperation" of tech firms as they attempt - exhaustively - to break into China's online market. Instead, Colorful Balloons links to those who have a WeChat account, China's biggest social platform. However, it seems like Facebook is trying to make sure the app doesn't spread photos widely, which could be a way to keep the project under the radar. But the Facebook name is nowhere to be seen. The company appears to have handed over a fully functioning product to Youge for release, and has done so without indicating in any public way that it is connected to Facebook.

Please Wait while comments are loading.

Other News

Trending Now

NBA Announces Mexico City Games For 2017-18 Season
The game will be played at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, and will technically be a Thunder away game. The team has not officially released its schedule for the upcoming regular season.

Pep Guardiola Looking To Add To His Manchester City Squad
Chelsea won the title with relative comfort last season in a dream first campaign at the helm for manager Antonio Conte. We were not able to find a solution with those players.

Chandigarh Court Sends Vikas Barala, Friend To Judicial Custody Till Aug 25
On Thursday, both Vikas and Ashish were sent to two-day police custody for stalking 29-year-old Varnika Kundu last week. It remains to be seen whether or not the police seeks to extend their police remand for another few days.

Pubs warned to check eggs as Fipronil contamination scandal worsens
FSA chairman Heather Hancock said she was "confident" that acting quickly was the right thing to do. The agency added that it is "unlikely" the eggs pose a risk to public health.