Facebook tries to enter China incognito

The Facebook logo is seen at a start-up companies gathering at Paris Station F France

The Facebook logo is seen at a start-up companies gathering at Paris Station F France

"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 representative said Friday in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg has made a big point of meeting with Chinese politicians, studying Communist Party propaganda, Mandarin and even speaking it in public. It's called Colorful Balloons, and it looks and functions like Facebook's Moments app.

The app, which is created to collate photos from a smartphone's photo albums and then share them, was released by a local company called Youge Internet Technology, which is registered to an address in eastern Beijing, without any hint of affiliation with Facebook.

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. To log into the new app the largest social network in China, WeChat, is used.

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

However, the room number listed in company registration documents could not be found amid a series of shabby, small offices on the building's fourth floor. The government directed tech companies in July to block their users from accessing secure internet systems known as virtual private networks (VPNs).

Facebook had to use audacious methods to circumvent the obstacles the Chinese government imposes. 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.

That indicates she likely is associated with the social media giant.

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