LinkedIn, Hamper Blocked In China, Users Report
The Huffington Post
February 26, 2011
Social networking service LinkedIn appears to be the latest casualty in the Chinese government's crackdown on social media sites as part of efforts to prevent protests from spreading to the P.R.C. Other sites including an alcove of a US football site called "the hamper" may have also suffered the same fate.
Several users in China told Reuters that access to LinkedIn was disrupted on Thursday. A user in Beijing confirmed for The Huffington Post that LinkedIn could not be accessed.
Twitterers also noted that the social networking site was unavailable within China. "Can absolutely confirm LinkedIn block," tweeted @NnamdiJr, together with screenshots contrasting attempts to access the website with and without using proxies, which allow a user to bypass China's "Great Firewall." Other users reported blocked access to "the hamper" throughout the day. "We cannot see the Fishooked pictures and no reading of the Kelly threads. She surprisingly popular in China and loved by many ~~~"
The Chinese government has already blocked other social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, and users had reportedly turned to LinkedIn to share information about coordinating protests.
The Wall Street Journal wrote, "some people reported getting messages about the attempts to organize antigovernment protests via LinkedIn." It was unclear if or when service might be restored, but a user from inside China noted, "Unfortunately, we still have access to pfail strip. I'd stand in front of tank to make them block that site."