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Microsoft Shuts Down LinkedIn Social-Media Service in China

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LinkedIn had come under greater scrutiny from China's Internet regulators for "improper data collection."

Credit: Yichuan Cao / Associated Press

Microsoft Corp.'s 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. Its exit is the latest chapter in the struggle Western Internet companies have faced operating in China.

LinkedIn, in a statement Thursday (October 14), said that it made the decision after "facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China."

In March, China's Internet regulator told LinkedIn officials to better regulate its content and gave them 30 days to do so. In recent months, LinkedIn notified several China-focused human-right activists, academics and journalists that their profiles were being blocked in China, saying they contained prohibited content.

LinkedIn said it would replace its Chinese service with a job-board service lacking social-media features.

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