The team at Facebook’s Asia-Pacific headquarters is tasked with developing better ad-buying tools for Chinese customers who have to work around Internet restrictions in China known as the “great firewall”, the sources said.
One of the people described it as Facebook’s first significant attempt at developing regionally localised ads tools outside of its Silicon Valley headquarters, where China-related engineering work previously took place.
Facebook confirmed the creation of the new team, describing it as having an “Asia-first” mission and consisting of both product and “business integrity” sub-teams. Its existence has not previously been reported. A spokesman said the team would serve “Asia as well as our global advertisers”.
Facebook sells more than US$5 billion (S$6.8 billion) a year worth of ad space to Chinese businesses and government agencies looking to promote their messages abroad, analysts estimated.
That makes China Facebook’s biggest country for revenue after the US, which delivered US$24.1 billion in advertising sales in 2018.