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.
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. 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. But by Facebook showing such eagerness, China presumably knows they have the upper hand, allowing it to force wishful, foreign tech companies to capitulate to their demands. 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 is unclear whether China's internet regulators were aware of the app's existence.
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.
It's no secret how badly Facebook wants to take on the Chinese market.
That indicates she likely is associated with the social media giant. Even Colorful Balloons relies heavily on Chinese social platform WeChat to function. But the link does not work, meaning people have to seek out Colorful Balloons in an app store instead of grabbing it from their friends, which may limit its distribution. It was released through a local Chinese company known as Youge Internet Technology. But the Times says Facebook authorized it. It was released through a separate company without any hint of Facebook's affiliation.
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