Seattle — LinkedIn announced Thursday that it will shut down its professional networking services in China later this year due to “a very difficult operating environment and more stringent compliance requirements.”
The service, owned by Microsoft, said it will offer a new app that focuses exclusively on job listings in China. The new app doesn’t have the social networking features that are essential to LinkedIn’s success in the United States and elsewhere, such as posting posts and comments.
LinkedIn has long been the only major American social network operating in China. Twitter and Facebook are blocked domestically.
However, LinkedIn has censored posts by millions of Chinese users in accordance with Chinese law in order to do business in China. This is often reluctant or impossible for other American companies.
In March, China’s Internet regulators accused LinkedIn of failing to manage political content, the three said at the time. Authorities have requested LinkedIn to perform a self-assessment and provide a report to the country’s Internet regulator, China’s Cyberspace Administration. The service has also been forced to suspend new registrations for users in China for 30 days.
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