Microsoft has announced that it will be shutting down its social network LinkedIn in China.
So far, LinkedIn has been the only Western social media network to operate in the country. Google, Facebook and Instagram are all blocked within the borders of the country.
The tech giant has blamed challenges with the Chinese government as the main reason. Complying with the Chinese state has caused several headaches for the career networking platform.
To still serve its purpose but without the hassle associated with the state's demands, a jobs-only version of LinkedIn will be launched. It won't include a social feed and users won't be able to share articles or posts on InJobs.
The BBC reports that when (LinkedIn) launched there, in 2014, it had agreed to adhere to the requirements of the Chinese government in order to operate there but also promised to be transparent about how it conducted business in the country and said it disagreed with government censorship.
It's not clear yet when LinkedIn will officially be shut down and when InJobs will be launched.
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