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Microsoft Shuts LinkedIn China, Citing ‘Challenging’ Climate

  • Other U.S. social platforms have been stymied by China’s rules
  • Company plans new jobs application service in the country
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WATCH: Microsoft Corp.’s LinkedIn is Shuttering a localized version of its professional networking platform in China. Bloomberg’s Peter Elstrom reports. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Microsoft Corp.’s LinkedIn is shuttering a localized version of its professional networking platform in China, becoming the last major U.S. social media provider to pull out of the country and marking the demise of a rare U.S. tech success there.

LinkedIn said it made the decision in light of “a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.” The company will close the current version later this year, LinkedIn said Thursday in a blog post.