Colorful Balloons – Facebook was banned in china – the new method to enter china back
Colorful Balloons – It is no longer news that Facebook was banned in china.
In May, Facebook quietly launched a photo sharing app called colorful Balloon in china.
Colorful balloons appears to reciprocate the look and as well to feel Facebook moments app, which allows users to share photos with friends and families.
Rather than interfering with facebook app, the app works with the country’s biggest social network known as Wechat.
Facebook released the app through a local company called Younge Internal Technology, without any hint of rebranding from the social media giant, and appears to have taken efforts to ensure that it doesn’t spread widely.
China banned Facebook in July 2009 and partially blocked whatsapp in July as well. Since then CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been working to find a way to get the social network reintroduced into the country.
Meeting with government officials and reportedly working on the software for the country that helps suppress posts from appearing in a specific geographical area.
The times described this quiet rollout as unprecedented and that it demonstrates the effort that tech companies will undertake to try and gain a foothold into china and its population of 700 million internet users.
It’s not clear if the Chinese government is aware of Facebook efforts: the cyberspace administration of china didn’t respond to a request for comment from the times.
The rollout doesn’t appear to be an effort to launch a social network under the radar.
The times describes the initiatives as a way for Facebook to see how Chinese users digitally share information with their friends or interact with their favorite social media platforms
In a statement provided to the times and business insider; Facebook said that it is spending time understanding and learning more about the country in different ways.
Our focus right now is on helping Chinese businesses and developers expand to new markets outside china by using our ad platform