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Microsoft shutting down LinkedIn in China


Microsoft is shutting down its social network, LinkedIn, in China, saying having to comply with the Chinese state has become increasingly challenging.

It comes after the career-networking site faced questions for blocking the profiles of some journalists.

Instagram will launch a jobs-only version of the site, called InJobs, later this year.

But this will not include a social feed or the ability to share or post articles.

LinkedIn senior vice-president Mohak Shroff blogged: “We’re facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.”

‘Gross appeasement’

LinkedIn was the only major Western social-media platform with a presence in China.

When it first launched in China in 2014, it agreed to follow the Chinese government’s requirements in order to operate there, but it also promised to be transparent about how it conducted business in the country and stated that it disagreed with government censorship.

LinkedIn recently removed several journalist accounts from its China-based website, including those of Melissa Chan and Greg Bruno.

Mr Bruno, who has written a book documenting China’s treatment of Tibetan refugees, told Verdict he was not surprised the Chinese Communist Party did not like it but was “dismayed that an American tech company is caving into the demands of a foreign government”.

US senator Rick Scott called the move a “gross appeasement and an act of submission to Communist China”, in a letter to LinkedIn chief executive Ryan Roslansky and Microsoft boss Satya Nadella.

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