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April 13, 2023
Recently, Axios journalist Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, who reports on China for the digital news site, in addition to writing the weekly Axios China newsletter, found a message on her LinkedIn profile noting that it has been censored.
LinkedIn informed her that “your profile and your public activity, such as your comments and items that you share with your network, will not be made viewable in China.” The social network offered that it can work with Allen-Ebrahimian to minimize the impact of this action, and that it’s also happy to review her profile’s accessibility in China if she updates her profile’s “Summary section.”
The message went onto say: “While we strongly support freedom of expression, we recognized when we launched that we would need to adhere to the requirements of the Chinese government in order to operate in China,” LinkedIn told affected users, who confirmed the authenticity of the email to Insider. LinkedIn also claimed that they have been offering a localised version of LinkedIn in China. “The decision whether to update your profile is yours.”
Allen-Ebrahimian is actually one of several US journalists who got this same notification from LinkedIn this week. Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida who sent a letter to the leadership of both Microsoft and LinkedIn on Thursday demanding answers. It reads, in part, “I am deeply concerned that an American company is actively censoring American journalists on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party.
“Members of the media report information that is critical to helping Americans, including members of Congress, understand the scope of Communist China’s abuses, especially its abuses against and surveillance of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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