Social media company Facebook has set up a subsidiary in China in order to create an innovation hub to support local start-ups and developers, Reuters reported.
Facebook has created similar hubs in France, Brazil, India and Korea to focus on training and workshops.
China has blocked all international social media and content sites including Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc’s Google as part of the strategy to strictly censor foreign news outlets, search engines and social media.
The US-based Google has several hundred staff in China and recently launched its own artificial intelligence (AI) lab. In addition, Google has tentatively launched several apps for the Chinese market in recent months, including an AI drawing game and file management app.
iPhone maker Apple has also modified its app stores to fit Chinese censorship restrictions in the past year, removing hundreds of apps at the request of regulators.