Hiya. It’s Brady.
There are public buses in Beijing that have ads on them for LinkedIn. I bring this up because those ads are now anachronistic. As the last major foreign social platform operating in China, its planned elimination of all social network features is another step in erecting borders within virtual space, ones that were not shaped organically by language and culture but by other forces.
LinkedIn says there is “a significantly more challenging operating environment” in the country, so it is replacing functions that allow original content to be posted by users with a jobs board. There’s no shortage of recruitment portals in China, and it isn’t clear what uniqueness the new platform, InJobs, will hold.
In 2014, LinkedIn managed to enter China after it made concessions to regulate the content posted by users based on Chinese law. That gave it a good few years in the country, but it suspended new signups in March this year, when it had to make sure that its operational procedures were in line with local rules.
And, in the past months, a number of professionals located outside of China received notifications from LinkedIn that said their profiles are not viewable in the country. The fact is China’s online space is moving farther away from the rest of the world.
Jiaxing had the story. You can read it here.
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