LinkedIn's political content is upsetting China
LinkedIn's political content is upsetting China

Professional social media LinkedIn in China is struggling, and the country's inability to control political content has led the country's internet regulator to abuse the company's CEO this month.

LinkedIn is the only American social network licensed to operate in China. Therefore, Microsoft's special services monitor the posts published by millions of Chinese users.

It's not clear what political content causes problems for LinkedIn, which has over 50 million members.

The New York Times reported that the regulator said it found publications rejected around the time of the annual meeting of Chinese lawmakers.

As punishment, the officials asked LinkedIn to conduct a self-assessment and report to the China Cyberspace Administration, China's Internet regulator.

The service has also been forced to suspend new user subscriptions in China for a period of 30 days. However, the time period can be changed at the discretion of the management.

Last week, the social media site LinkedIn announced that the company had temporarily suspended new member registrations in China as the company struggled to comply with local laws.

As we all know, China strictly monitors and monitors local internet usage and actively bans any website or link deemed inconsistent with the Communist Party's narrative.

China has the most advanced censorship system in the world, the Great Firewall. Over the years, the number of blocked websites in China increased to 10,000 in November.

The Chinese government controls the media with technologies such as IP blocking, DNS attacks, filtering of URLs and specific keywords within URLs.

The blacklist includes social networks like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, news outlets like Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and popular collaboration tools like Dropbox and Google Drive.

In 2016, Freedom House ranked China out of 65 countries / regions for the second year in a row, accounting for 88% of global internet users.

The punishment underscores the profound differences between China and the United States in the way the Internet operates.

Critics say: These hurdles show that China is unwilling to follow the standards of the broader global internet and technology.

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