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LinkedIn is shutting down its China platform because of a ‘challenging operating environment’

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The professional networking platform, owned by Microsoft (MSFT), made the decision due to a “significantly more difficult operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China,” said Mohak Shroff, LinkedIn’s senior vice president of engineering. blog post Thursday.

Instead, the company will launch a new platform called InJobs later this year, a portal only in China that “will not include a social channel or the ability to share posts or articles,” but will simply serve as a portal to list and apply for jobs.

“While we have found success in helping Chinese members find employment and economic opportunities, we have not found the same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and being informed,” Shroff said.

LinkedIn has been available in China since 2014. Its presence in the country, where it has more than 45 million users, is notable for many other Western social networks, including Facebook (FB) i Twitter (TWTR), are blocked by the Chinese government’s massive censorship apparatus known as Great firewall.
Microsoft has a long history in China since it entered the market in 1992. The Chinese government and companies use their software a lot and their Bing search engine is also accessible. Google (GOOGL) it has been cut for years.
Earlier this year, LinkedIn subscribing to new user logs in China to “ensure that we continue to comply with local legislation,” according to a spokesman at the time. The company did not want to detail what local legislation it was examining.

“We recognized that operating a localized version of LinkedIn in China would mean meeting Chinese government requirements on Internet platforms,” Shroff said Thursday. “While we strongly support freedom of expression, we adopted this approach to create value for our members in China and around the world.”

LinkedIn will continue to work with Chinese companies “to help them create economic opportunities,” he added.

Laura from CNN Business contributed to this report.

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