Facebook allows Moments-like app to be launched in China

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Facebook isn’t welcome in China, but that hasn’t stopped the social media giant from managing to establish presence one way or another.

In its latest attempt to have an indirect presence in China, Facebook has authorized a local company to launch a photo-sharing application in the country in May, a new report has claimed. The app, called Colorful Balloons, is similar to Facebook’s Moments application in function and feel, but does not carry the Facebook name.

The app was released in China by a company called Youge Internet Technology and without any hint that Facebook is affiliated with the company, the Times said, citing a post in Apple’s app store.

“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 Facebook spokesperson said by email.

“Our focus right now is on helping Chinese businesses and developers expand to new markets outside China by using our ad platform.”

It was unclear if China’s various internet regulators were aware of the app’s existence, the Times said.

Western social media websites like Facebook and Twitter are blocked by China’s censors, which has helped drive up the popularity of home-grown messaging app WeChat, owned by Tencent and microblogging service Weibo.

Zuckerberg in February all but ruled out an expansion in the world’s most populous country, saying there would be “no news at all in the near term.”

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