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LinkedIn Weighs Less China Censorship. Can It Avoid Google's Fate?

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Since launching a Chinese version of LinkedIn in February, the social-networking company has been zealously censoring posts from its users in the country. LinkedIn has not only zapped any off-limits content internally; it has also kept the material from appearing on LinkedIn pages outside China.

But after going above and beyond to reassure Chinese Internet cops, LinkedIn Chief Executive Jeff Weiner seems to have chosen now, of all times, to announce that the company is thinking about easing some of its censorship. “We are strongly considering changing our policy so that content from our Chinese members that is not allowed in China will still be viewed globally,” LinkedIn spokesman Hani Durzy said on Tuesday.