Portal warned by authorities: Microsoft closes LinkedIn in China

Another tech giant is withdrawing from the Chinese market – at least partially. Microsoft will shut down its LinkedIn version in China later this year. Success in job placement is definitely there, but regulation by the authorities makes life considerably more difficult.

The US software and Internet giant Microsoft closes its career network Linkedin in China. To justify this, the group cited a “challenging operating environment” and stricter guidelines in the country. “While we have been successful in helping Chinese users find jobs and economic opportunities, we have not had the same success in the more social aspects of sharing and staying informed.”

Linkedin went onto the market in China in 2014 with a limited special version and subjected itself to the strict restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities on online platforms. There is strict censorship of online networks in China. According to the Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn received a warning from Chinese regulators in March.

Withdrawal: Facebook, Twitter, Google and now Linkedin

Microsoft has now pulled the plug: LinkedIn will be shut down in China in the course of the year. Microsoft also announced a new career platform for China called Injobs. This will not contain any social activity feeds. Users will also not be able to share posts or articles.

Microsoft bought Linkedin for more than $ 26 billion in 2016 and is one of the few US internet giants active in China. Facebook and Twitter were banned from China more than a decade ago, and Google withdrew in 2010. The online retailer Amazon is available in China, but has never been able to assert itself against Chinese providers such as Alibaba or JD.com.

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