Microsoft folds LinkedIn social network in China

Microsoft folds LinkedIn social network in China

Microsoft folds LinkedIn social network in China LinkedIn faced risks to its reputation and global business model if it continued censoring on behalf of Chinese authorities Microsoft Corp.’s MSFT 2.17% LinkedIn said it would shut the version of its professional-networking site that operates in China, marking the end of the last major American social-media network operating openly in the country. LinkedIn, in a statement Thursday, said that it made the decision after "facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China." Microsoft’s move comes at a time when China’s Communist Party is ratcheting up its control over its largest tech companies, private enterprises and online commentary, as it continues a campaign to assert itself more forcefully across the economy and Chinese society. In March, LinkedIn said …
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