Microsoft to Shut Down LinkedIn in China Over
October 14, 2021
Microsoft will close LinkedIn in China later
this year, the company announced Thursday.
The professional networking site, which started
operating in China in 2014, faces a
“significantly more challenging operating
environment and greater compliance requirements”
in the country, it said in a blog post.
“We recognized that operating a localized
version of LinkedIn in China would mean
adherence to requirements of the Chinese
government on Internet platforms,” the company
said. “While we strongly support freedom of
expression, we took this approach in order to
create value for our members in China and around
However, it seems China’s regulatory burdens
have become too much.
regulators told the company it had to better
police content earlier this year, The Wall
Street Journal reported. The company began
blocking some content and profiles Chinese
regulators prohibited, including profiles of
“While we’ve found success in helping Chinese
members find jobs and economic opportunity, we
have not found that same level of success in the
more social aspects of sharing and staying
informed,” LinkedIn said.
LinkedIn is not completely leaving the Chinese
market. It will now offer something called
InJobs, which will not have a social feed and
will not allow users to share content, Reuters
LinkedIn was the only U.S.-based social
networking site still available to Chinese
Microsoft bought the company in 2016, and the
site now boasts 774 million users.