Microsoft’s LinkedIn Accused by Noted China Critic of Censorship

Microsoft's LinkedIn Accused by Noted China Critic of Censorship

A prominent critic of China based in the U.K. said Microsoft’s LinkedIn froze his account and removed content criticizing the country’s government, the latest in a series of allegations that the networking website had censored users — even outside of the Asian nation — to appease authorities in Beijing. From a report: Peter Humphrey, a British corporate investigator and former journalist who accesses LinkedIn from his home in Surrey, England, said he received notification from LinkedIn last month that comments he had published on the platform had been removed. The comments, seen by Bloomberg News, called the Chinese government a “repressive dictatorship” and criticized the country’s state media organizations as “propaganda mouthpieces.” In late April, Humphrey said LinkedIn sent him several notifications that critical comments he posted about China’s government and state-controlled broadcaster China Global Television Network, or CGTN, had been removed, on the grounds that the comments constituted “bullying and harassment” or “spam and scams.” On April 26, Humphrey said he couldn’t access his LinkedIn profile. When Humphrey tried to log in, he said he was met with a message stating his profile had been “restricted” due to “behavior that appears to violate our Terms of Service.” After Bloomberg News contacted LinkedIn for comment last week, the company reinstated Humphrey’s account and restored some of his comments. Others were not. “Our team has reviewed the action, based on our appeals process, and found it was an error,” said Leonna Spilman, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn. Spilman declined to comment further regarding Humphrey’s account.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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