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Microsoft closes LinkedIn in China: the last great western social network to give in to censorship, the rest had already given up before

Microsoft has announced that LinkedIn is closing in China. The social network for professionals will cease to function in the Asian giant after arguing that it faces a “challenging operating environment.” A situation aggravated by the hardening of the Chinese government against the technological giants and that has finally ended the shutdown of LinkedIn, the last major Western social network still operating in China.

LinkedIn started its journey in China in 2014. At that time Twitter and Facebook had been blocked for several years, since 2009. In the case of Google, in 2010 they decided to leave the country and move their operations to Hong Kong. During all these years Microsoft has been adapting to the measures of the Chinese government, but they have finally made the decision to re-evaluate their strategy with LinkedIn.

The last great American social network closes in China

Microsoft argues the closure as follows: “While we have been successful in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunities, we have not found the same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and staying informed“.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Chinese government gave the platform a 30-day margin to better update your content control. A measure that would have been the trigger for Microsoft to adopt this position.

Instead, Microsoft explains that it will launch a separate application called InJobs, to search for work. However, it will lack the social section and content sharing, precisely the aspect that remains under the censorship of the Chinese government.

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Last September, Satya Nadella explained some details of the failed acquisition of the Chinese company TikTok, pointing out that it was “one of the strangest experiences of her life.”

Far from being able to bring positions closer together, Microsoft follows the steps that Facebook, Twitter and Google have already taken and left China recalling in his statement that “operating a version of LinkedIn focused on China means meeting the requirements of the Chinese government” and that “they strongly defend freedom of expression.”

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