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Facebook hits China via Colorful Balloons

Colorful Balloons vs. Facebook Moments, Facebook coming to China in disguise
Colorful Balloons and Facebook Moments
Although Chinese regulators have something against social networks and foreign search engines, it seems that Facebook has just found its way to the local market via a photo-sharing app that launched via a local partner.

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No matter how much Mark Zuckerberg struggled in the past to conquer China, Facebook and many of its apps did not manage to go through the tough local censorship. Now, it looks like the company is taking the long road by releasing its products in the country through a local partner.

An anonymous source who spoke to The New York Times reveals that "Facebook approved the May debut of a photo-sharing app, called Colorful Balloons, in China" and this app "shares the look, function and feel of Facebook’s Moments app." While Facebook Moments connects users via the company's social network, Colorful Balloons uses China's most popular social network, namely WeChat.

For now, it is not clear if China's internet regulators approved this app knowing who is behind it or not. When asked about this, Facebook did not confirm or deny its involvement in the Colorful Balloons app. 

According to Apple's app store, the company that launched Colorful Balloons is called Youge Internet Technology. Its executive director is Zhang Jingmei, a woman who recently appeared in a photo showing a meeting between Shanghai officials and Facebook. However, there is no official information about her position in Facebook - she might be an employee, an external adviser, or none of these.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-08-15 (Update: 2017-08-15)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.