Last week, we reported that social networking site LinkedIn had deleted the accounts of all Syrian users. It blamed the US sanctions.
That led to claims of censorship, and a campaign to get LinkedIn to change its mind. After all, the sanctions don’t apply to websites – just look at Google, Facebook and Twitter.
Campaigner Jillian York led the protests, and was soon spotted by a LinkedIn employee (called Kluo) on Twitter.
The head of LinkedIn’s press office called Jillian, and insisted the ban on Syrian users was just human error – and it shouldn’t have happened. They said they would address the issue last night, and restore service to Syrian users very soon.
Jillian is delighted. She told newsfromsyria.com:
“The fact that LinkedIn chose to fix the ‘error’ so quickly shows the true power of social networking: We wrote, we complained, and they heard us. I’m just glad to see Syrian user accounts restored.”
But what about the terse email send to Anas telling him his account was being deleted because of his nationality? Well, LinkedIn says it wants to phone him to personally apologise.
A happy ending.