Microsoft says it will shut down LinkedIn In China, he referred to a “challenging work environment” as Beijing tightens control over tech firms.
US-based company to replace career-focused social network Chinese With an app dedicated to job applicants but without networking features, according to Mohak Shroff, senior vice president of engineering.
“We face a significantly more demanding operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China,” he said in a blog post on Thursday.
According to the Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn has been given a deadline by Chinese internet regulators to better moderate the content on the site.
Launched in China in 2014, LinkedIn allows people to use personal and professional relationships to find work.
Chinese authorities are targeting a number of domestic tech giants for allegedly monopolistic practices and aggressive collection of consumer data.
The move is part of the government’s broader policy to tighten control over the world’s number two economy, including by targeting private education, property and casinos.
Shroff said Microsoft will “take the Chinese version of LinkedIn out of the sun” and launch an InJobs app dedicated to connected professionals in that country, with companies looking for employees.
LinkedIn said the new service does not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles.
Microsoft bought LinkedIn for just over $26 billion in 2016 and has worked to establish a presence in China despite concerns about online censorship.
Facebook and Twitter have been banned in China for over a decade.
Google left the country in 2010 due to a hacking attack and censorship.
E-commerce giant Amazon’s website is accessible in China, but the market there is dominated by local players such as Alibaba and JD.com.