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Replacing this portal will be the Chinese version of its website with a new job board service called “InJobs”, without any of the social media features of the full LinkedIn site.

Microsoft, which owns LinkedIn, announced Thursday that it is shutting down its social media site in China, marking the departure from the country of the last major American social media company.

The company explained that the decision was due to “a significantly more challenging operating environment and higher compliance requirements in China.”

LinkedIn has 53 million users in the Asian giant, which represents approximately 7% of its total user base. Although exactly how much the country contributes to the firm’s revenue is unknown, the parent company recently said that in total it had surpassed an annual level of $ 10 billion.

Replacing this portal will be the Chinese version of its website with a new job board service called “InJobs”, without any of the social media features of the full LinkedIn site.

The new service, which will launch later this year, will not include a social channel or the ability to share posts or articles, he said.

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LinkedIn was called in by the country’s internet regulator in March and ordered to clean up its content online. In the same month, the company said it was “temporarily pausing new member registrations for LinkedIn China” while trying to comply “with local law.”

Several human rights activists and writers who focused on China have had their profiles blocked in the country in recent months for posting “prohibited content,” according to the company.

The move comes as US companies come under increasing domestic political pressure over any operation in China that appears to help Beijing engage in any kind of surveillance or political repression.

Members of Congress have also raised concerns about the security of private data of American citizens as China implements rules and laws that make it easier to obtain personal data from private companies.

While the US Congress is pressuring companies not to help Beijing engage in undemocratic behavior, the Biden administration warned companies about the growing risks of doing business in mainland China and Hong Kong.

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