LinkedIn is closing its social networking site in China, marking the departure of the last major US company in the country.
Microsoft announced Thursday that it was closing its official website “in the wake of the most difficult and disruptive workplace in China”.
LinkedIn has 53m users in China, making up about 7% of all users. Microsoft has not disclosed how much China is investing in LinkedIn’s profits, which Microsoft has just said are successful annual rate of $ 10bn.
The company said it would replace the Chinese web page with a new function called “InJobs”, without any media activity on the LinkedIn web page. On these updated photos, Chinese users will not be able to share articles or articles.
LinkedIn was summoned by the country’s internet administrator in March and was ordered to clear online content. In the same month, LinkedIn said it was “temporarily suspending new LinkedIn China members” while trying to comply with “local laws”.
Human rights activists and writers who visited China have tarnished their image in the country in recent months for writing “bans”, according to the company.
This has come at a time when US companies are being pressured into domestic politics over developments in China that seem to help Beijing control or suppress politics.
Lawmakers in the United States have complained about companies that for example have removed from their pages a statement saying they were forced to return to Beijing.
“It is good that LinkedIn will end the national ban on behalf of the CCP [Chinese Communist party], but building blockchain stocks on the Chinese market instead is not the answer, “says Michael McCaul, a senior Republican on the housing committee.
Congress members have also expressed concern about the protection of U.S. citizens’ privacy while China implements laws and regulations that make it easier to access personal information from private companies.
While Congress is urging companies not to help China take anti-democratic measures, Biden’s management has warned companies of the dangers of doing business in China and Hong Kong.
In July, the government department warned US companies that they were facing serious risks operating in Hong Kong as the Chinese government violated their economic rights in the same way that they forced companies in mainland.
LinkedIn’s idea comes at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing are still strained, given US concerns about China’s political oppression and human rights record as well as China’s ongoing concerns about Taiwan, Xinjiang and Hong Kong.