Tomahawk, WI 09/03/2014 (Basicsmedia) – LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) is of the opinion that it might have gone too far with the adoption of censorship policies in China. Admitting it is high time it revised the same according to Bloomberg’s Zeb Eckert.
The largest social networking company has over the years resorted to blocking shared posts that it deems contradict government rules. The company is planning to allow any unaccepted posts to be viewed’ outside China where censorship laws don’t apply.
“A bit overzealous perhaps trying to take every precaution to comply with the governments mandate there in China. But now they say they may have gone too far here; this has to do with, for example, a post that will be’ deemed in conflict with the government rules that would be’ blocked from the content you see on LinkedIn,” said Mr. Eckert
Social networks continue to face problems in markets that are not that entirely open. Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) earlier in the year experienced the full force of Turkey’s laws after leaks were’ aired in the network linking the country’s prime minister to a corruption probe.
LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) current dilemma underscores the amount of challenges that companies continue to face in China especially on increased scrutiny from regulators. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter are’ barred from operating in the country. LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) has all along been playing it safe in China complying with all forthcoming government regulations something that looks to have reached fever pitch.
“LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) playing it safe by complying with this policy from the beginning to end here. It looks as if they are trying to change the policy to be more social friendly more users and this reflects an ongoing social shift within China more people, of course, coming online having a voice,” said Mr. Eckert
LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) has always notified its users in China whenever they post content that would be deemed inappropriate by the government. China is believed to be LinkedIn’s fastest growing market for new members awaiting to see the impact of the proposed changes.