LinkedIn 's seven-year effort to operate en China, a country known for online censorship, is coming to an end later this year.
Thursday, the site owned by Microsoft announced that it is shutting down the Chinese version of Linkedin, citing factors such as the country's strict regulations on content moderation. "We are also facing a much more difficult operating environment and stricter compliance requirements in China," said Mohak Shroff, vice president of engineering at LinkedIn.
The site functioned as a dedicated place for Chinese users to access the global LinkedIn network. Platform. But under Chinese regulations, LinkedIn must comply with content censorship and user account closures if the government requires it.
This may include blocking Chinese LinkedIn users from accessing prothreads and content from other countries. Last month, this led the platform to inform several journalists and academics based in the United States, Europe and Singapore that their LinkedIn profiles could no longer be viewed in China.
Another factor that led to the closure of LinkedIn China was the site's difficulties in generating user activity. "Although we have been successful in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunities, we have not found the same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and information ", adds Shroff.
Nevertheless, LinkedIn is one of the few foreign websites operating in China, a country which currently blocks access to US sites such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube. The social networking site expanded to China in 2014 with the aim of helping local Chinese users to connect with many opportunities around the world, and it quickly attracted millions of users.
LinkedIn plans to replace the Chinese site with a new property called InJobs, which will launch later this year. However, it will aim to help Chinese users find employment within the country, not across s.
"InJobs will not include social feeds or the ability to share posts or articles," the company adds. Once Linkedin China is closed, Chinese users will likely have to rely on a VPN to access the global LinkedIn site. What's New Now to get our best stories delivered to your inbox everys mornings. ", " first_published_at ": " 2021-09-30T21: 30: 40.000000Z ", " published_at ": " 2021-09-30T21: 30: 40.000000Z ", " last_publishe d_at ": " 2021-09-30T21: 30: 34.00000Z ", " created_at ": null, " updated_at ": " 2021-09-30T21: 30: 40.000000Z "}) "x-show = " showEmailSignUp () "class = " rounded bg-gray-lightest text- md: px-32 md: py-8 p-4 font-brand mt-8 container-xs ">
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