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Microsoft to close LinkedIn in China

Oct 14 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is shutting down LinkedIn in China nearly seven years after its launch and will replace it with a streamlined version of the platform that would focus only on jobs.

LinkedIn is the only major US-owned social network operating in China, where the government requires such platforms to follow strict rules and regulations.

“We are facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and higher compliance requirements in China,” LinkedIn said in a blog post Thursday.

LinkedIn said it would replace the Chinese service, which restricts the posting of certain content due to regulatory requirements, with a new portal called InJobs.

The new service, which will launch later this year, will not include a social channel or the ability to share posts or articles, he said. California-based LinkedIn, which was bought by Microsoft in 2016, has become very popular globally with employers, employees, and job seekers, as its social media-like features make it easy for them to connect with each other while they build their professional network.

(Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru and Elizabeth Culliford in London. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)

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