BUSINESS SOCIAL NOTWORKING website Linkedin is back up in China amid an ongoing government crackdown on the idea of a pro democracy "Jasmine Revolution".
It looks like Chinese authorities pulled the plug on Linkedin last Friday after several Chinese citizens posted notes about starting a Middle East style Jasmine Revolution. However, a journalist at French news agency AFP managed to get a post through on Linkedin on Saturday.
"We will continue to monitor the situation," a US spokesman for Linkedin told the BBC.
The temporary blocking of the website came a week after an open letter was sent out on the Chinese blog website Boxun calling for peaceful Jasmine Revolution protests against the ruling Chinese party, not to overthrow any leader but to develop a democratic political process so the Chinese people can be heard in their own country.
But, like the atrocious mass murders in Libya after Gaddaffi turned the Internet off, China is well known for quelling dissent. As of now, the Chinese government has only banned certain websites and arrested some people involved in pro-democracy rallies around the country.
Most social notworking websites are already banned in China but Linkedin doesn't have the traffic of consumer websites like Facebook and Twitter. Linkedin also serves a specific purpose for businesses and is essentially apolitical in nature, which is probably why it slipped under the radar of the Great Firewall of China.
It's not used by many Chinese people and is easily used on China's own domestic Internet servers. But any open platform has the potential to host content that criticises China's government and that's exactly what happened with the posts about a Jasmine Revolution, which is a term that is now blocked on China's Sina.com. µ
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