Microsoft has announced that it will be shutting down the localized version of LinkedIn in China amid a “significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements” and it will replace it with a stripped-down version of the platform that would focus only on jobs.
The company said in a blog post that it is facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China and added that it did not find the same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and staying informed as it has globally.
Microsoft will shut down LinkedIn in China and will launch a new jobs-focused app, without social feeds later this year.
LinkedIn said it would replace the Chinese service, which restricts posting of certain content due to regulatory requirements, with a new portal called InJobs.
The app won’t include fees or the ability to share posts or articles and it will be launched later this year.
LinkedIn is the only major US-based social media site operating openly in China. Other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have long been blocked in China, and Google withdrew from the country in 2010.
LinkedIn, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, launched a localized version of the professional social network in China back in 2014.