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LinkedIn's head of China is leaving the company

LinkedIn's head of China is leaving the company
From TechCrunch - June 26, 2017

LinkedIns head of China, a key figure in the launch of its business in the country in 2014, is leaving the company, LinkedIn has confirmed.

Derek Shen, LinkedIn President of China who led the companys controversial entry into China, will leave at the end of this month, according to a spokesperson. Theres no immediate replacement, but head of international engineering, Francis Tang, will cover the role in the interim period.

[Derek] has transformed the business from a startup into a viable business in a position of strength and creating economic opportunity for millions of professionals and companies, LinkedIn said in a statement provided to TechCrunch.

Looking ahead, LinkedIn remain excited about its prospects in China and the fulfillment of its mission and vision. In order to build on our initial success, LinkedIn will continue to ensure its China business operates with the autonomy it needs to create great local product experiences, and is also set up to leverage the scale and expertise more effectively in the APAC region and globally, it added.

LinkedIn was roundly criticized for agreeing to censor its China-based users as part of its local launch, which was made in partnership withSequoia China.

Content from China-based users that is deemed unsuitable is blocked inside the country and only made available to those on the site that are living overseas. A spike in censoring has occurred around key political dates such as the Tiananmen Square anniversary in early June.The policy applies to accounts that are currently based in China, regardless of whether they were first created in other parts of the world, which also confused some users.

Speaking around the time of the Tiananmen anniversary in 2014, when it first faced a user backlash, LinkedIn said it was strongly in support of freedom of expression, but with a major caveat.

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