October 14 (NWN) – Microsoft’s subsidiary LinkedIn said Thursday it will shut down its LinkedIn site in China later this year.
LinkedIn launched a Chinese version in 2014, connecting with millions of Chinese professionals to expand its network. Microsoft acquired LinkedIn two years later for $ 26.2 billion.
LinkedIn supports freedom of expression, but also recognizes that working in China means meeting the Chinese government’s requirements for internet platforms, Mohak Shroff, CTO at LinkedIn, said in a blog post on Thursday.
“While we have been successful in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunities, we have not achieved the same level of success in the more social aspects of information sharing and information preservation,” said Shroff.
He added that the localized version for China will be replaced by a job application site without social media features.
The move marks the end of its seven-year period as the last major American social media network to operate in the country.
Under Chinese censorship regulations, Twitter and Facebook have been blocked since 2009, and Google left in 2010, abandoning content censorship, but some were able to secretly use the site through VPNs.
In March, China’s regulator gave LinkedIn officials a 30-day time limit to better regulate its content, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.
In addition, in recent months, the Chinese version of LinkedIn has blocked human rights activists, academics and several American journalists, citing “prohibited content” on their profiles.