20 January 2019

LinkedIn launches in Chinese, expects censorship, WSJ says

LinkedIn has launched a Chinese-language website, with plans to expand its user base by half by attracting 140 million new professionals, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The company did not specify a time frame for adding the new users, the report said. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said the company has been working on the launch for nearly two years, including how to deal with China’s censorship of the internet. Weiner said the company was a strong supporter of freedom of expression and opposed censorship, but “that’s going to be necessary for us to achieve the kind of scale that we’d like to be able to deliver to our membership.” “We’re expecting there will be requests to filter content,” he was reproted as saying.

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