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LinkedIn blocked the accounts of several American journalists on Monday, citing what the company called “prohibited content” in their profiles, many of which link to reports that are critical of the authoritarian regime.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, the China reporter for Axios, announced on Twitter that her profile had been blocked in China, although it remains visible outside of the country. LinkedIn did not tell users exactly what content on their profiles merited the blocking.

Allen-Ebrahimian noted that LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft, is one of the only American social media companies that comply with Chinese government censorship demands.

“While we strongly support freedom of expression, we recognized when we launched that we would need to adhere to the requirements of the Chinese government in order to operate in China,” LinkedIn told affected users, according to Business Insider.

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