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LinkedIn Blocked in China

February 24, 2011, Mercury News

LinkedIn, the Mountain View-based 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. The world's largest Internet market with 457 million Web users, China has shut out sites such as those operated by Facebook, Twitter and Google'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.