LinkedIn Falls to China’s Censorship During Tiananmen Square Anniversary.
The ever extending shadows of China’s censorship have extended as far as into the US professional social media network known as LinkedIn during the eve of its 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. The reach of Chinese censorship is far wider than most had previously thought, this includes the international version of LinkedIn as well as people who aren’t located in China.
The fact that this censorship has manage to expand itself outside of Mainland China, an towards an English-language user of the site, is quite concerning, and exceeds the measure thought to be in place for LinkedIn to do business within China. For a the giant business world it shines a significant operational risk, that the steps required to appease and maintain a relationship with Beijing may continue to increase over time.
This situation was brought to attention the a China-based correspondent when he had been notified that the stories posed on his own LinkedIn account about the detention of Australian artist Gou Jian would not be seen by other members of LinkedIn.
In a similar manner, British artist Helen Couchman, who lived in Beijing for a number of years, also complained about how her LinkedIn post were being censored, even though she had been based in Britain since February 2013.
“I’m very unhappy about it. I think it’s really unprofessional. Especially as I was only sharing things that are already in the public domain,” stated Ms.Couchman .
“I haven’t put anything like ‘the government sucks’ or ‘it’s very, very bad behaviour’. I haven’t actually expressed my personal opinion, I’ve just shared the facts of the article. I think it’s outrageous.”
It’s also been reported that some LinkedIn users who are based in Hong Kong, a places that placed outside of the Great Firewall of China, was also affected by this recent crackdown.
When chief executive Jeff Wiener of LinkedIn originally announced the launching of its simplified Chinese website during February, he stated in blog post that “government restrictions on content will be implemented only when and to the extent required and Linkedin will be transparent about how it conducts business in China and will use multiple avenues to notify members about our practices.”
Many thought during the time LinkedIn would only censor the Chinese-language version of the professional social media network. Although, during the past couple days, it seems that LinkedIn has become even more aggressive in censoring any China related content created by their users.