Facebook Is Trying To Open An Office In China Despite Blocking It

Sep

8

2017

Social networking company Facebook has been trying over the past few months to look for office space in China’s largest city and financial center, according to a New York Times report citing sources familiar with the company’s efforts there, although it is banned in China. A decade ago, the company intends to use the new office for the manufacture of power devices, and it may help it in its wider ambitions in China.

Facebook plans are considered temporary, and will depend on the approval of the Chinese government, but if successful, it will be a symbolic victory of the social network, which has long been working to reach China although there has been obstruction there for nearly a decade.

“We have long said we are interested in China and spend time understanding and learning more about the country in different ways,” a company spokesman said. “The new hardware and gear initiatives will require close communication with the supply and supply chains related to electronics, Most popular in the world such as Apple’s iPhone.

It is assumed that the office will be used for the first time by employees of the Facebook Lab for the machines named Building 8. In 2015, Facebook was granted a license to open an office in Beijing, but the permit lasted for only three months and no office could be established within that time , While Oculus, owned by Facebook for three years, has an office in Shanghai. Facebook currently uses third parties and its employees to sell ads in China.

Facebook users use special hardware security software when traveling to China and have no access to confidential or critical business information because of concerns about cybersecurity. China is a big market for Facebook because it has the largest number of Internet users in the world, The company released earlier this year a Chinese version of Image Management application Moments through a small local company.

Facebook is selling ads to Chinese companies in the hope of reaching the rest of the world, and the report added that sales of Chinese ads backed by its office in Hong Kong is one of the biggest sales in Asia.

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