Microsoft will shut down its LinkedIn service in China later this year after Internet rules were tightened by Beijing, the latest U.S. tech giant to cut ties with the country.
The company said in a post-Thursday blog that it was facing “a significantly more difficult operating environment and stricter compliance requirements in China.
LinkedIn will replace its platform located in China with a new app called InJobs which has some of LinkedIn’s career networking features, but will not include social feeds or the ability to share posts or articles.
LinkedIn announced in March that it would suspend new member registrations on LinkedIn China due to unspecified regulatory issues. The Chinese internet watchdog said in May that it had found LinkedIn as well as Microsoft’s Bing search engine and that around 100 other apps were involved in the inappropriate collection and use of data and reported to them. ordered to solve the problem.
This year, several researchers also reported receiving warning letters from LinkedIn that they were sharing banned content that would not be viewable in China but could still be seen by LinkedIn users elsewhere.
In 2014, LinkedIn launched a site in Simplified Chinese, the written characters used on the mainland, to expand its reach in the country. He said at the time that the expansion into China raises difficult questions as it will be forced to censor content, but that he would be clear on how it conducts its business in China and takes extensive measures to protect rights and data of members.
Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016. Google pulled its search engine from mainland China in 2010 after the government began censoring search results and videos on YouTube.
(Edited by : Jomy Jos Pullokaran)