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Microsoft abandons LinkedIn in China, citing difficult operating environment

LinkedIn said it would replace its Chinese service with a job site service that doesn’t have social media capabilities.


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LinkedIn has shut down a version of its professional networking site operating in China, saying it marks the end of the last major American social media network operating openly in China.

LinkedIn said in a statement Thursday that it made the decision after “faced with a very difficult operating environment and stricter compliance requirements in China.”

In March, Chinese Internet regulators instructed LinkedIn officials to better regulate their content, giving them a 30-day regulation, according to people familiar with the matter. In recent months, LinkedIn has informed several Chinese-focused human rights activists, scholars and journalists that their profiles have been blocked in China for containing banned content. ..

LinkedIn said it would replace China’s services, which restrict some content to comply with local government requirements, with job site services that lack social media features such as the ability to share opinions and news articles. ..

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Microsoft abandons LinkedIn in China, citing difficult operating environment

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