Facebook snuck an app past China’s firewall – and nobody noticed

Facebook snuck an app past China’s firewall – and nobody noticed. Facebook and its family of apps been banned in China for years, but it appears the company found a way to get past the country’s Great Firewall. The New York Times reports Facebook snuck an app called ‘Colorful Balloons’ through – without anybody noticing. Facebook approved the app’s release back in May, and published it in China via a local company called Youge Internet Technology. To the outsider, there’s no indication that the app has anything to do with Facebook, other than the fact it looks very similar to Facebook’s Moments app. The primary difference between Colorful Balloons and Moments is that the former connects users through WeChat, rather than Facebook. Facebook, for its part, didn’t deny the report. We don’t know to what extent Facebook was involved, with the app’s development, but it’s clear the company played a substantial role. It appears Colorful Balloons (I’m still resisting a chuckle) isn’t trying to go viral, but rather help Facebook better understand the market. But if Colorful Balloons is any indication, it’s not going to stop trying.
Facebook snuck an app past China’s firewall – and nobody noticed

Facebook and its family of apps been banned in China for years, but it appears the company found a way to get past the country’s Great Firewall. The New York Times reports Facebook snuck an app called ‘Colorful Balloons’ through – without anybody noticing.

Facebook approved the app’s release back in May, and published it in China via a local company called Youge Internet Technology. To the outsider, there’s no indication that the app has anything to do with Facebook, other than the fact it looks very similar to Facebook’s Moments app.

However, that could easily be chalked up to being a Moments clone, not an official Facebook app. The primary difference between…

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