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Microsoft to shut down LinkedIn in China

2021-10-14 17:26 by
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Microsoft has revealed its plans to shutter its localized version of LinkedIn in China later this year though the company isn't giving up entirely on helping Chinese professionals find jobs online.

On Thursday, the Microsoft-owned site announced it was closing the Chinese version of Linkedin, citing factors including the country's strict regulations on content moderation. "We're also facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China," says LinkedIn's VP of Engineering, Mohak Shroff.

Instead, a new strategy in China will focus on matching professionals with jobs. LinkedIn plans to launch a new standalone jobs app, called InJobs, later this year in China. The app won't included social feeds or the ability to share posts or articles, according to LinkedIn.

Earlier this year Chinese regulators told LinkedIn to improve regulation of its content. LinkedIn recently began blocking certain profiles in China due to prohibited content, including journalists, researchers, and authors. LinkedIn was the last U.S.-based social networking site operating in China.

California-based LinkedIn, which was bought by Microsoft in 2016, has become hugely popular globally with employers, employees and job seekers as its social media-like features make it easier for them to connect with one another, while building their professional network.

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