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LinkedIn Compromised By Chinese Censorship

LinkedIn is between a rock and a hard place with regard to Chinese censorship laws
Anne Parsons
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LinkedIn arrived in China earlier this year. In doing so, it went to great effort to adopt policies that would keep the social network in line with China’s strict censorship rules.

In a country that has blocked both Twitter and Facebook, guidelines are tough, and LinkedIn now fears that it may have gone too far.

"we are strongly considering changing our policy so that content from our Chinese members that is not allowed in China will still be viewed globally.”

The problem is that when a LinkedIn user in China shares content deemed to be in conflict with the government’s prescribed rules, LinkedIn blocks the post not only in China, but worldwide. So in LinkedIn’s efforts to protect the interest of its users by not attracting unwanted attention from the Chinese government, by proxy, inhibits users from spreading messages and news outside of China.

A spokesperson for LinkedIn has said, “We do want to get this right, and we are strongly considering changing our policy so that content from our Chinese members that is not allowed in China will still be viewed globally.”

Even if LinkedIn adopts these changes, it will be treading on thin ice in its attempt to appease both user and government.  

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