Microsoft will close the professional network of LinkedIn in this country

Microsoft will shut down its local version of LinkedIn’s professional network in China.

The US company alleges that “a significantly more challenging operating environment” was the root of the decision.

Microsoft confirms termination of LinkedIn in China after suspension of new registrations

It was Microsoft itself that confirmed that it will close its local LinkedIn service in China. According to a post by Mohak Shroff, Vice President of Professional Network, this decision was made due to the “significantly more challenging operating environment and increased compliance requirements” in that country.

Earlier this year, the professional network had already suspended new user registrations in China. At the time, Microsoft justified such a move as a way to meet China’s law and compliance requirements. No further details have been provided.

New InJobs platform will replace LinkedIn in late 2021

But that does not mean that Microsoft will abandon Chinese users. To make up for the absence of LinkedIn in that country, the company will launch a new platform later this year.

The new platform will be called InJobs and it will be a portal for listing job vacancies and applications. According to Microsoft officials, this platform will not include a social feed or permission to share publications or articles, since it is exactly in these two points where the difficulties can be located.

LinkedIn has been available in China since 2014 and has never been part of the group of Western social networks blocked by the Chinese government, in an action known as The Great Firewall. In turn, Microsoft has been present in China since 1992, its software is used by the Chinese authorities and its search engine Bing is still active in that country.

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