Worried about Censorship, Microsoft will shut down LinkedIn in China

Microsoft will close LinkedIn in China later this year, the company announced Thursday (14/10).

The professional networking site, which started operations in China in 2014, faces a “much more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements” in the country, he said in a blog post.

“We recognize that operating a local version of LinkedIn in China means compliance with the Chinese government’s requirements on the Internet platform,” the company said. “While we strongly support freedom of expression, we take this approach to create value for our members in China and around the world.”

However, it seems that the regulatory burden by the Chinese government has become too much.

Chinese regulators told the company they had to improve content oversight earlier this year, the daily reports The Wall Street Journal. LikedIn began blocking some content and profiles banned by Chinese regulators, including journalist profiles.

“While we have been successful in helping LinkedIn members in China find jobs and economic opportunities, we have not found the same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and getting information,” LinkedIn said.

LinkedIn has not completely abandoned the Chinese market. Now the company will offer so-called InJobs, which will have no social aspect and will not allow its users to share content, reports Reuters.

LinkedIn is the only US-based social networking site still available to users in China.

Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016, and the company’s site now has 774 million users. [lt/jm]

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