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Microsoft shuts down LinkedIn in China due to ‘challenging’ environment

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Later this year, he will submit InJobs, a new self-employment application for the country.

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Microsoft Corp.’s LinkedIn is shutting down a localized version of its professional networking platform in China, becoming the latest major US social media provider to pull out of the country.

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LinkedIn said it made the decision in light of “a significantly more challenging operating environment and higher compliance requirements in China.” The company will close the current version later this year, LinkedIn said in a blog post Thursday.

After entering China in 2014, LinkedIn appeared to offer a model for American internet companies to enter the country. In exchange for that privilege, the company agreed to restrict some content to comply with state censorship rules. The service had about 52 million users in mainland China. Other social media platforms like Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. have long been banned.

Signs of turbulence emerged for Microsoft in March. LinkedIn said at the time that it had stopped registering new members for its China service while it worked to make sure it was complying with local law.

LinkedIn said its new strategy for China is to focus on helping local professionals find jobs in the country and helping Chinese companies find quality candidates. Later this year, he will submit InJobs, a new self-employment application for the country. The site will not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles.

Bloomberg.com

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