Censored by LinkedIn – Shaun Rein

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Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein

When LinkedIn gained access to the attractive Chinese market, it had to make sure it would adhere to the country´s laws and regulations, including the censorship. Now, at June 4 we know what that means. Business analyst Shaun Rein tells the Wall Street Journal how he was censored. The Wall Street Journal:

Shaun Rein, the head of consulting firm China Market Research Group, said he received a notice last week from LinkedIn indicating he could no longer post to different groups on the site without first receiving approval by a moderator. Mr. Rein, who has been posting regularly on LinkedIn for about six years, said the change came after he posted about difficulties faced by U.S. firms in China following the back-and-forth between the two over cyberespionage.

“I’ve been backing up my contacts because I’m worried they’ll block me and I won’t be able to reach anyone,” said Mr. Rein, adding that on LinkedIn “people are looking to show their knowledge and sell their services; if you can’t have a discussion, that’s an issue.”Mr. Rein said his firm has completed three projects for LinkedIn in the past. LinkedIn declined to respond to Mr. Rein’s comments.

More at the Wall Street Journal.

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