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After Twitter, LinkedIn Now Also Blocked In China

February 24, 2011, TechCrunch

It appears that LinkedIn has been blocked in China, after the professional social network became a platform for organizing anti-government protests. The report was first noted by Renmedia.

According to the WSJ article, protesters are moving from various social network sites, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, to organize protests as the Chinese government blocks these sites. We checked out access to LinkedIn on both WebsitePulse and JustPing and both sites indicate that LinkedIn is being blocked from cities in China. It also appears that Twitter is blocked as well.

Interestingly, former LinkedIn employee Surya Yalamanchili points out that one reason behind why China could be blocking LinkedIn is because many of its status updates have been published from Twitter.

We’ve contacted LinkedIn for comment on the matter.