Microsoft is ending the Chinese version of LinkedIn
Microsoft is ending the Chinese version of LinkedIn

Microsoft has announced the closure of the local version of LinkedIn, a professional social network that has been available in China since 2014, and said meeting national Chinese standards has become an increasing challenge.

As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, scientists and journalists are increasingly claiming to have been told that personal information they provide through the service is prohibited in China.

The company announced the move in its blog post and plans to launch a new standalone product called InJobs in China. The product is for business only and does not include social information or the ability to share or publish articles, but the company did not directly mention these reports.

Instead, she said, while we have been successful in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunities, we have not had the same success in participating and maintaining an enlightened society. In China, too, we are facing a more challenging business environment and stricter compliance requirements.

"As we finalize the local version of LinkedIn in China later this year, we will continue to influence strongly in China to drive our new strategy," she added. We're excited to be able to release the new InJobs app later this year.

The Wall Street Journal reported that in March the Chinese government asked Microsoft to better monitor its content for 30 days.

Last year, the Trump administration tried to persuade Microsoft to acquire TikTok. The company's formidable soft power in the country helps achieve this goal.

Microsoft has replaced it with apps that lack social features

Outside of GitHub and Amazon comment systems. LinkedIn is the only external UGC hosting platform in China.

Twitter and Facebook have been banned in China since 2009. Google moved its search from China to Hong Kong in 2010.

At the same time, Microsoft filtered Chinese search results via Bing and launched a modified version of Windows 10.

As the Chinese government expands its crackdown on tech giants by influencing gaming, ride-sharing and cryptocurrency. Apparently, his demands went beyond the restraint of the American company to reevaluate its LinkedIn business. Apple continues to operate in the country without restrictions.

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