Microsoft is shutting down its LinkedIn, in China, saying having to comply with the Chinese state has become increasingly challenging. It comes after the career-networking site faced questions for blocking the profiles of some journalists.
LinkedIn will launch a jobs-only version of the site, called InJobs, later this year. But this will not include a social feed or the ability to share or post articles. senior vice-president Mohak Shroff said that they are facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.They also added that they are going to sunset the localised version of LinkedIn in China later this year, they will continue to have a strong presence in China to drive our new strategy and are excited to launch the new InJobs app later this year.
LinkedIn had been the only major Western social-media platform operating in China.When it launched there, in 2014, it had agreed to adhere to the requirements of the Chinese government to operate there but also promised to be transparent about how it conducted business in the country and said it disagreed with government censorship.
LinkedIn blacklisted several journalist accounts, including those of Melissa Chan and Greg Bruno, from its China-based website. Seven years on, it has struggled against local competitors and run into regulatory problems. In March, was reportedly punished by the Chinese regulator for failing to censor political content, resulting in a suspension of new user registration for 30 days.