LinkedIn Blocked in Parts of China; Investigation Under Way

LinkedIn is apparently the latest victim of the Great Firewall. From Bloomberg:

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.


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