Almost every US social media site is banned in China but LinkedIn is the only social media site that was not banned in China. It is speculated that China is using the LinkedIn platform to hire spies. Intelligence agencies from countries such as Britain, France and the US have warned about covert Chinese activities and hiring through LinkedIn.
A report from New York times revealed that Chinese agents often make offers through LinkedIn, to bring the prospective recruit to China, sometimes under the mask of a corporate recruiting firm, the report revealed.
The New York times report also stated that some LinkedIn accounts vanished mysteriously after it was found to be a covert account maintained by Chinese.
The report also quoted William Evanina, director of the US National Counterintelligence saying that instead of directly sending a spy to America, China nowadays is recruiting just by a friend request through fake profiles in LinkedIn.
Almost all social media sites in recent years have given space to fake accounts because of its inability to detect these accounts. The New York times report said that LinkedIn is acting as an “ideal” platform for espionage recruitment.
The US newspaper pointed out that “people who have just left the government are especially vulnerable because they are often looking for new employment”. These words are not coming from US officials alone, the newspaper said that French intelligence agencies had informed its government about Chinese agents using LinkedIn to link with 4,000 French individuals.