Microsoft on Thursday said it would shut down the career-oriented social network LinkedIn in China, citing a “challenging operating environment” as Beijing tightens control over technology companies.
The US company will replace LinkedIn in China with an application that is intended for job search but without network functions, according to Senior Vice President of Engineering Mohak Shroff.
“We … are facing a much more challenging operating environment and greater demands on compliance in China,” Shroff said in a blog post.
According to the Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn was given a deadline by Chinese Internet regulators to better monitor content on the site.
Launched in China in 2014, LinkedIn allows people to use personal and professional relationships to find job opportunities.
Chinese authorities have targeted a number of home-grown technical crews for alleged monopolistic practices and aggressive harvesting of consumer data.
Driven is part of a broader government policy to tighten its grip on the world’s number two economy, including a focus on private education, real estate and casinos.
Microsoft will “sunbathe” the Chinese version of LinkedIn and launch an InJobs program dedicated to affiliated professionals in that country with companies looking for employees, according to Shroff.
Microsoft bought LinkedIn for just over $ 26 billion in 2016 and has worked to build a presence in China despite concerns about online censorship.
Facebook and Twitter have been banned in China for more than a decade.
Google left the country in 2010 in response to a hacking attack and censorship.
The website of the e-commerce giant Amazon is available in China, but the market there is dominated by local players such as Alibaba and JD.com.
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