Beijing Tense on Massacre's 25th Anniversary

LinkedIn accidentally censors Tiananmen content
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2014 3:15 AM CDT
Beijing Tense on Massacre's 25th Anniversary
A photo taken June 5, 1989, top, shows a lone Chinese man standing to block a line of tanks. The bottom photo shows the same spot last week.   (AP Photo/Jeff Widener, top, Helene Franchineau, bottom)

A quarter-century after pro-democracy protesters were massacred in the heart of Beijing, Chinese authorities are doing their best to make sure nobody marks the anniversary. Security in the city is very tight, scores of police and paramilitary troops are patrolling Tiananmen Square, and foreign reporters have been ordered not to meet with dissidents, the AP reports. Some relatives of those killed have been allowed to visit the graves of their loved ones under heavy police escort. Ahead of the anniversary, scores of activists were rounded up and Google was blocked.

In Hong Kong, meanwhile, where 150,000 people are expected to attend the annual rally marking the crackdown, LinkedIn users were startled to find that the social network had blocked all mention of the massacre, even though China's censorship requirements don't apply to the territory, the Daily Beast reports. The Hong Kong censorship appears to be a mistake, although LinkedIn admits that it has blocked Tiananmen content in mainland China, calling the censorship part of doing business in the country. "In order to create value for our members in China and around the world, we will need to implement the Chinese government’s restrictions on content, when and to the extent required," a spokesman says. In China, Internet restrictions are so tight this week that search terms including "special day," "tank," "suppress," "mourn," and "square" have been blocked, Business Insider finds. (More LinkedIn stories.)

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