LinkedIn met the same fate as Facebook, Twitter and Google in China

LinkedIn met the same fate as Facebook, Twitter and Google in China
LinkedIn met the same fate as Facebook, Twitter and Google in China

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“Microsoft” announced the closure of its social network specialized in employment in China, “LinkedIn”, to repeat the same fate of Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Microsoft said its network was facing a “challenging operating environment” as Beijing tightens its grip on technology companies.

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The US-based company will replace LinkedIn in China with an app dedicated to applying for jobs but without communication features, according to Mohak Shroff, vice president of engineering.

Compliance Terms

“We are facing a much more challenging operating environment and increased compliance requirements in China,” Shroff said in a blog Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal noted that China’s Internet regulators have set a deadline for Linkedin to better supervise the content on the site.

LinkedIn, which launched its operations in China in 2014, allows users to leverage their personal and professional relationships to find employment.

As well as being a platform for finding jobs, LinkedIn provides a space for exchanging information on developments in the business world or news.

Lack of ‘sense of humor’

“You should know that in a business social network, there will be talk of circumvention or complaints about the rules,” said Rob Enderle, independent technology analyst at Engirl Group.

“The Chinese government doesn’t have a sense of humor when it comes to criticism, the result is that they have been very, very hard at blocking this kind of information,” he added.

Foreign companies have long been cautious in China on politically sensitive issues to avoid irritating authorities in the world’s second-largest economy.

political war

Enderle pointed out that the political tension between the United States and China likely exacerbated the situation there for LinkedIn.

Huawei’s chief financial officer, Ming Wanzhou, returned to China last month shortly after the arrival of two Canadians released from prison in China, bringing the curtain down on a diplomatic row that has poisoned relations for three years.

Meng was accused of violating US sanctions against Iran.

The United States considers Huawei a security risk as it can open the door to Beijing for espionage through its communications equipment, which the company denies.

“With the United States dealing with Huawei and China looking for ways to retaliate, this tide of escalation behind the scenes is not in either country’s interest,” Enderl said.

The fate of Facebook and Twitter

The Chinese authorities have been targeting a group of technology companies on their soil for some time, accusing them of monopolistic practices and massive user data collection.

The move is part of a broader policy pursued by the government to tighten its grip on the world’s second largest economy, which also targets the private education, real estate and casino sectors.

It is reported that Facebook and Twitter have been banned in China for more than a decade, while Google left the country in 2010 in response to a hacking and censorship.

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