LinkedIn curtails Chinese job-posting functionality at government’s behest

LinkedIn curtails Chinese job-posting functionality at government’s behest

Professional network LinkedIn has been forced to rethink its job-posting functionality in China after coming under from authorities to do away with the feature.

A tightening of regulations means that individuals can no longer post job listings on the service, although verified companies and employers can still post job ads.

The crackdown comes in the wake of a series of recruitment scams, namely for pyramid schemes, which has forced the indefinite removal of job posting by individuals.

At the moment, the Chinese government has been undertaking an audit of job-posting sites, to which LinkedIn has acquiesced rather than risk being locked out of the lucrative market.

LinkedIn is the latest US technology firm to fall foul of Chinese censors after Apple was forced to remove VPN apps which allow individuals to skirt government restrictions from its Chinese app. Google famously quit the country seven years ago amidst its own censorship concerns.

Access to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook is actively blocked by the Chinese state.

Last month LinkedIn mounted a belated push into video advertising.

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