Facebook Is Secretly Testing an App in China

According to a new report in The New York Times, Facebook is testing a photo sharing app in China secretly, called Colorful Balloons.

Considering that the social networking giant was banned in China since 2009, this is significant news.

The company’s CEO Mark Zuckeberg has been trying to get on the good side of Chinese officials in recent years and even spent a year learning how to speak Mandarin.

Paul Mozur from The New York Times noted how similar Colorful Balloons is to Facebook’s existing photo sharing app Moments.

Business Insider asked Facebook to confirm that they are the ones making Colorful Balloons, but a representative responded with, “We have long said that we are interested in China, and are 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.”

Disclaimer: We have no position in Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ: FB) and have not been compensated for this article.

Sofia Vida

Sofia has been writing for major news outlets for over 15 years. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, walking her dogs, and going to concerts.

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