Microsoft to ‘sunset’ LinkedIn for China, and replace it with an app lacking social media features

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It cited ‘higher compliance requirements’ as the reason for the move.

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Microsoft announced this morning that it is shutting down the localized version of LinkedIn in China. The move comes after mounting claims from academics and journalists that they have received information that their profiles on the service have been blocked in China, as recently reported. wall street journal.


In Its blog post announces the move And plans to launch a new China-only standalone product called InJobs, Microsoft did not directly reference those reports. Instead, it says:

While we have had success in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunities, we have not had the same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and staying informed. We are also facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.

Today, NS wall street journal reports That the Chinese government instructed Microsoft to better regulate its content in March, with a 30-day deadline. Last year when the Trump administration tried to arrange for the acquisition of TikTok by Microsoft (CEO Satya Nadella called it “the weirdest thing I’ve worked on”), the company’s “huge soft power” in the country made it possible. was part of. . Outside of GitHub and Amazon’s review systems, LinkedIn was the only other foreign-owned platform allowed to host user-generated content in China.

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