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Facebook OKs local firm's launch of Moments-like app in China: New York Times


FILE PHOTO - Facebook logo is seen  at a start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F in Paris, France on January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo
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(Reuters) – Facebook Inc, whose social media platform is blocked
in China, authorized a local company to launch a photo-sharing
application in the country in May, the New York Times reported,
citing a person with knowledge of the company’s plans.

The app, called Colorful Balloons, is similar to Facebook’s
Moments application in function and feel, but does not carry the
Facebook name, the Times said on Friday. (http://nyti.ms/2wBedsB)

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.”

(Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio
D’Souza)

Read the original article on Reuters. Copyright 2017. Follow Reuters on Twitter.

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