Microsoft announced that it will close LinkedIn in China later this year.
A professional networking site that went live in China in 2014 said in a blog post that it faces “significantly more difficult operating environments and more stringent compliance requirements” in China.
“We have realized that running a localized version of LinkedIn in China means complying with the Chinese government’s requirements for internet platforms,” the company said. “We strongly support freedom of expression, but we have taken this approach to create value for our members in China and around the world.”
However, China’s regulatory burden seems to be too great.
Chinese regulators told the company earlier this year that police content needed to be improved, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company has begun blocking some of the content and profiles banned by Chinese regulatory agencies, including journalist profiles.
“We have succeeded in helping Chinese members find jobs and financial opportunities, but not at the same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and information,” LinkedIn said.
LinkedIn is not completely out of the Chinese market. According to Reuters, there will be no social feeds and what’s called InJobs will be offered that users can’t share content with.
LinkedIn was the only US-based social networking site still available to Chinese users.
Microsoft acquired the company in 2016 and the site now boasts 774 million users.
Some information in this report is from Reuters.
Microsoft shuts down LinkedIn in China due to censorship concerns
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