Microsoft announces the shutdown of its LinkedIn service in China later this year following stricter government censorship rules
REDMOND, Washington – Microsoft will shut down its LinkedIn service in China later this year after censorship rules were tightened by Beijing.
LinkedIn will replace its platform located in China with a new app called InJobs which has some of LinkedIn’s career networking features, but “will not include social feeds or the ability to share posts or articles.”
The Chinese internet watchdog said in May that it had found LinkedIn as well as Microsoft’s Bign search engine and that around 100 other apps were engaged in inappropriate data collection and use and ordered them to solve the problem.
In 2014, LinkedIn launched a site in Simplified Chinese, the written characters used on the mainland, to expand its reach in the country. He said at the time that the expansion into China raised “difficult questions” as there would be a need to censor content, but that he would be clear on how it was doing business in China and would take “extensive action. To protect the rights and data of members.
Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016.