LinkedIn has begun to inform Chinese users that they need add their phone numbers for real-name registration. The professional networking platform says this is to meet local regulations.
Applicants are required to link their government-issued IDs to their phone numbers when purchasing a SIM card. In turn, the identity of an internet user can be verified by linking their phone number to their online accounts.
Chinese Linkedin users were greeted with a message requesting that they add their phone numbers to their accounts before using the service.
According to the CAC, the regulation seeks to “promote the healthy and orderly development of the internet forum community industry, protect the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, and safeguard national security and public interests.”
Other platforms, including Baidu, Weibo, and WeChat have required users to link their phone numbers to their accounts for some time.