REDMOND, Washington, USA (AP) – Microsoft will stop offering its LinkedIn service in China in a few weeks, after the government of the Asian country imposed new censorship measures.
In a blog, Microsoft announced Thursday that it made the decision based on “a significantly more difficult business environment and stricter legal requirements in China.”
LinkedIn will be replaced in China by InJobs, a platform that will have some of the professional development tools that LinkedIn offered, but “without the social networking features or the ability to post messages or articles.”
China’s internet regulatory agency declared in May that LinkedIn, Bing and 100 other apps were improperly collecting user data and ordered the companies to fix the problem.
LinkedIn launched its service in China in 2014, warning at the time that this posed “difficult problems” for it because it would be forced to censor content, but promising transparency in how it will do business in China and “extensive measures” to protect content. user data.
Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016.