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Facebook Has Been Secretly Running an App in China, a Country Where Facebook is Banned

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Damn, Facebook, back at again with your shady practices.

According to a report in The New York Times, Facebook is secretly testing an app in China, a country in which Facebook and its various apps are banned. “Released through a separate local company and without any hint that the social network is affiliated with it,” the app is called Colorful Balloons and is basically Facebook’s photo syncing app Moments, the name referring to the app’s logo which is literally colorful balloons.

And you said Facebook didn’t have a creative bone in their body!

Surprisingly, this isn’t Facebook’s way of trying to sneak their app into the country. In a statement provided to The Verge, Facebook said that it is “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.”

To be fair, everyone over at Facebook is probably more focused on telling people that Mark Zuckerberg is totally, absolutely not running for office.

[Via The Verge]

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