LinkedIn in China is ending. Microsoft was no longer able to meet the requirements of the Chinese censor – Communication – Science and technology


China Microsoft has asked to block the profiles of several journalists on its LinkedIn social network. Instead of meeting the growing demands of the Chinese censor, Microsoft decided to close LinkedIn operations in China.

Through the state censor, the Chinese government has been trying for several years to influence the operation of many foreign online services. For example, Apple had to adjust the offer of applications in the App Store, Google almost completely gave up to change the Chinese market. Most recently, the Chinese censor tried to block dozens of profiles of independent journalists on the LinkedIn social network. Microsoft, which operates the network, defied regulations, but eventually decided to shut down the service in the country due to increasing pressure. “We are facing significant pressure to run our services to meet an increasing number of requirements in China,” LinkedIn vice president Mohak Shroff said on his blog.

Microsoft plans to replace the Chinese version of LinkedIn with the InJobs service, which will be intended only for job sharing. Until now, LinkedIn was the only large Western social network operating in the country. Most social networks, which are used by billions of people around the world, have an alternative in China. WhatsApp has been replaced by WeChat, YouTube by YoKu.

China has tried to remove the profiles of journalists who are critics of the local regime from LinkedIn. Among other things, she demanded blocking the profile of Greg Bruno, who published a book on Tibetan refugees. Only in March this year did the regulator punish LinkedIn for refusing to remove political content. The service was blocked by the possibility of registering new users.


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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