Microsoft to abandon LinkedIn in China

(New York) The American computer giant Microsoft announced Thursday that it would close its professional network LinkedIn in China by the end of the year, justifying its decision by “a difficult operating environment”.

The Redmond (Washington) group launched in February 2014 a local version of its platform for the Chinese market, with limited functionality in order to comply with the strict rules governing the Internet in the country.

“While we have had success in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunities, we have not been as successful in the more social aspects of sharing and staying informed,” said Mohak Shroff, chief engineering officer at LinkedIn, in a statement.

“We are also facing a difficult operating environment and greater requirements for compliance with regulations in force in China,” he added.

According to Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn had received a call to order in March from the Chinese internet gendarme, who had given it 30 days to better regulate its content.

LinkedIn said that a new application for professional candidates, called InJobs, will soon be launched in China to replace its platform.

Microsoft, which bought LinkedIn in 2016 for more than $ 26 billion, was the latest American tech pillar to have a legal and sustained presence on the Chinese internet.

Social networks Facebook and Twitter have been banned there for more than a decade. Google left the country in 2010.

Amazon’s site is accessible from China, but the e-commerce giant has never really broken into a market dominated by local players like Alibaba or JD.com.

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