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China Has Blocked LinkedIn

Because of people trying to organize an anti-communism rally in China, the Chinese government blocked access to LinkedIn on February 25. This is yet another case of communist governments blocking access to social networks in order to prevent public uprisings.

By the evening of the same day the Chinese government lifted the block on LinkedIn, though some areas of the social networking site were still not accessible. For example, as the Times of India reported, a LinkedIn discussion about starting a revolution in China similar to the one in Egypt, started by a user nicknamed “Jasmine Z”, was still not available after the service resumed. LinkedIn was also not the only social network that was blocked by the Chinese government. Twitter can often not be accessed directly in China, though users can usually still access it through LinkedIn.

The disruption of the service to LinkedIn happened after several people were detained as a result of a website called Boxun, a Chinese-language site that is hosted outside of the country, called for a “Jasmine Revolution“, which would be similar to the recent upheavals in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. The goal of this revolution would be to make China more democratic.

Fearing a revolt, the Chinese government also blocked other parts of the Internet. Searches for the name of the US Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Egypt, Jasmine Revolution, and Jasmine were not allowed on, China‚Äôs most popular online portal. In addition to this, service to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter was also blocked, which is apparently a regular occurrence in the country, according to the Times of India. People were also prevented from posting anything containing the term “Jasmine Revolution” on the local Chinese social media site Renren.

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