Facebook is coming to Shanghai!!! … well, sorta.
The American social media giant, which has been blocked in mainland China since 2010, is currently — quietly — looking to set up an office in Shanghai, according to a New York Times report, which cites two people with knowledge of the search. That office would reportedly house employees focused on creating company hardware, but also helping Facebook with “its broader ambitions in China.”
For years, Facebook has been looking for a way back into China. This year, the company tried to sneak its way back in by launching a Chinese photo-sharing app that was based on its own Moments app, but with none of its own branding attached. Pretty much no one ended up downloading the app, called Colorful Balloons, which was cast by the company as a way of better understanding the Chinese market.
In recent years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spent a considerable amount of time also trying to gain a better understanding of China, paying frequent visits to the country, meeting with some top government officials and even asking Xi Jinping for baby name suggestions, all while working on his Mandarin and taking morning jobs around Tiananmen Square.
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