China’s cyberspace is largely controlled by the government there and sites like Facebook, Twitter are already banned in the neighboring country. Now Microsoft’s networking platform LinkedIn is also preparing to return from China. Microsoft has announced the closure of LinkedIn’s services in China, blaming the challenging environment.
The company will bring a new app in China
LinkedIn has informed about the closure of its services in China in a blog post and said that by the end of this year users in China will stop getting access to LinkedIn. However, instead of going out of China entirely, Microsoft is going to bring a China-exclusive app. The new app could be a stripped-down version of LinkedIn, which will focus only on users residing in China.
Reason to shut down the LinkedIn service
In the blog, the company said that it is facing a challenging environment in China, due to which it is not possible to continue providing services. The company said, “New rules are being brought in China for social media services, which are mandatory to implement.” In fact, the Chinese government also keeps tight control over the social media space of its citizens and they get limited options.
Since the beginning of the year, LinkedIn was facing many challenges in China. In March, the Chinese government reprimanded LinkedIn for sharing political content on the platform and failing to stop it. LinkedIn was constantly being asked for reports on how its content filtering and monitoring system was working. The platform also suspended the accounts of new users for about 30 days.
As an alternative to LinkedIn, Microsoft will bring an app called InJobs in China, in which basic features can be found. It is believed that this app will only give information related to jobs and there will be no social feed in it. That is, users will not get the option of sharing their views or any photo on the app. Let us tell you, LinkedIn’s services were launched in China by Microsoft about seven years ago.