Facebook opening $30M subsidiary in China

Facebook opening $30M subsidiary in China
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Facebook is opening a subsidiary in China, a major coup for a company that has been trying to get a foothold in the country for years.

The Washington Post first reported that Facebook will be opening a $30 million incubator in Hangzhou that will be focused on advising and making investments in businesses.

However, the social media site itself is still blocked in China despite CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergZuckerberg, Gates team up to contribute M for research into coronavirus treatments Health experts embrace social media to fight coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website MORE’s efforts to appeal to Communist Party leaders like President Xi Jinping.

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“We are interested in setting up an innovation hub in Zhejiang [province] to support Chinese developers, innovators and start-ups,” the company said in a statement released to The Hill. “We have done this in several parts of the world — France, Brazil, India, Korea — and our efforts would be focused on training and workshops that help these developers and entrepreneurs to innovate and grow.”

Last year, the company launched a photo-sharing app in China and its virtual reality subsidiary Oculus has an office in Shanghai.