Seattle – linkedin said on Thursday it was closing its professional networking service in China later this year, citing “a more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements”.
The Microsoft-owned service said it will introduce a new app focused entirely on job postings in China. The new app won’t have social networking features like post sharing and commenting, which are critical to LinkedIn’s success in the United States and elsewhere.
LinkedIn was for a long time the only major US social network that operated in China. Twitter and Facebook have been blocked in the country.
But to do business in China, LinkedIn positions are censored Made in accordance with Chinese laws by its millions of Chinese users, something that other US companies were often unwilling or unable to do.
In March, China’s Internet regulator reprimanded linkedin For failing to control the political content, three people reported the matter at the time. LinkedIn was required by officials to conduct a self-assessment and submit a report to China’s Cyberspace Administration, the country’s internet regulator. The service was also forced to suspend new sign-ups of users inside China for 30 days.
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