Facebook anonymously launched an app in China

The Colorful Balloons app and Moments

Facebook is blocked in China, and so are many other US apps.

Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook has made it a big point of having meetings with politicians in China, studying the propaganda of the Communist Party, Mandarin and even talking it while in public. Paul Mozur of TheNYT was able to detect the clandestine, worldwide business maneuver by comparing Facebook's Moments app to the one being tested in China. Mozur then connected the seemingly-fake company name behind the app to a woman who appeared in a photo of a meeting between Facebook and the Chinese government.

"We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country in different ways", Facebook said in a statement. But by Facebook showing such eagerness, China presumably knows they have the upper hand, allowing it to force wishful, foreign tech companies to capitulate to their demands.

But like a lot of USA companies, Facebook has had a hard time breaking through China's onerous digital censorship laws.

The company's director is Zhang Jingmei.

North Korean missiles and the challenges they pose to the United States
While tensions with North Korea have taken a bite out of the stock market, defense stocks are benefiting. It also has a spotty record, although its most recent test, in May, was a success.

It's no secret how badly Facebook wants to take on the Chinese market.

In 2009, Chinese authorities banned Facebook in China, followed by Instagram its app for photo-sharing in 2014, and WhatsApp its messaging app was partially banned just last month. But the link does not work, meaning people have to seek out Colorful Balloons in an app store instead of grabbing it from their friends, which may limit its distribution.

Facebook has also experimented with getting back into China by creating a censorship tool that automatically suppresses certain posts in specific geographic areas, The New York Times reported back in November. It was released through a local Chinese company known as Youge Internet Technology.

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