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Microsoft Shuts Down LinkedIn In China - Citing 'Unsafe Environment' As Reason  

Microsoft Shuts Down LinkedIn In China

LinkedIn is closing down its social networking site in China - making it the last major US social media company to leave the country.

The Microsoft-owned company announced on Thursday that it was closing down the localized version of its popular networking website due to "a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China."

LinkedIn has 53 million users in China - accounting for approximately 7% of its total user base. 

Microsoft does not disclose how much of LinkedIn's revenue comes from China, which the company recently announced had surpassed the $10 billion mark.

The company announced that the Chinese version of its website would be replaced by a new job-board service called "In Jobs", which would lack any of the social media functions found on the full LinkedIn site. 

Chinese users will be unable to share posts or news articles on this pared-down version.

In March, the country's internet regulator summoned LinkedIn and ordered it to clean up its online content. In the same month, 

LinkedIn announced that it was "temporarily pausing new member sign-ups for LinkedIn China" in order to comply "with local law."

According to the company, several human-rights activists and writers with a focus on China have had their profiles blocked in the country in recent months for posting "prohibited content."

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