Microsoft Pulls The Plug On LinkedIn In China

( Microsoft is reportedly planning on unpublishing its professionally-minded social network LinkedIn from China, some seven years after it was first launched. It’s just the latest example of an American-run social media shutting down in China as the Chinese Communist Party flexes its muscles and cracks down on American services being made available online.

In a blog post published on LinkedIn on Thursday, owner Microsoft said that the platform would be replaced later on in the year with a new, stripped-down version of the network. It will be called “InJobs” and will focus entirely on jobs, rather than professional networking.

There will be no social feed or an option to share content posted by others, making it a glorified job-hunting website.

The blog post said that while LinkedIn has helped its Chinese members find new jobs and new economic opportunities, they have not seen the same level of success with regards to the social sharing features.

What’s more, LinkedIn said that they are facing a “significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.”

In other words, China doesn’t want them there.

The social media platform grew in China in 2014, but at the time the company also recognized that they would need to censor much of the content posted by users – particularly Western users – in order to ensure that the platform could comply with the various rules put in place by the Chinese Communist Party.

In March of this year, the writing was on the wall for LinkedIn, after the company stopped any new users from signing up to the service. Those who tried to sign up and were denied were told that they were working on a new platform that would be compliant with Chinese laws. And only a month later, in April, LinkedIn was listed as one of the 105 apps that the Chinese internet regulator believes was illegally collecting personal information.

So, basically, the Chinese government wants to be the only one collecting information online. Not American social media companies.