Social networking website LinkedIn Is Blocked in China
Posted by Author on February 24, 2011
Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — LinkedIn Corp., the networking website for professionals, said its service was being blocked in parts of China and that it was looking into the matter.
Just-ping.com and WebSitePulse — services that monitor website accessibility around the world — said earlier that the site wasn’t available in cities including Shanghai and Beijing.
China, the world’s largest Internet market with 457 million Web users, has shut out sites such as those operated by Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google Inc.’s YouTube since 2009 to block the flow of information on politically sensitive subjects. LinkedIn’s focus on business professionals seeking jobs has shielded it from the same fate as those sites.
“We can confirm that access to LinkedIn is being blocked for some in China, and we are currently in the process of investigating the situation further,” Hani Durzy, a spokesman for the Mountain View, California-based company, said in an e- mail. He didn’t elaborate on a possible cause of the service disruption.
A LinkedIn user in China this week began posting comments discussing whether to spread Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution to the Asian nation. Yesterday, the user identified online as “Jasmine Z” set up a group discussion called “Jasmine Voice” to discuss whether the revolutions by protesters that brought down governments in Tunisia and Egypt should be brought to China. Protesters in the two North African nations organized using the Facebook and Twitter sites that are blocked in China.
The problems accessing the site are “likely” linked to the creation of the LinkedIn group, said Doug Tygar, professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley. Chinese citizens can use Internet services to work around blocked sites, he said.
‘Shot Across the Bow’
“Often, this is done as a sort of a warning signal — sort of a shot across the bow,” Tygar said. “A portion of that is symbolic.”
Earlier this month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed the U.S. will step up support for global Internet freedom, as citizens using social networking sites run by Facebook and Twitter organize demonstrations spreading across the Mideast and North Africa.
The U.S. will help “people in oppressive Internet environments get around filters, stay one step ahead of the censors, the hackers, and the thugs who beat them up or imprison them for what they say online,” she said in a speech in Washington.
Calls to the press office at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China, placed after the close of business hours, weren’t answered.
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