Microsoft shuts down LinkedIn in China

Microsoft could not continue to comply with the increasing restrictions on speech in China and therefore is closing LinkedIn in China. China is continuing to close itself off to the world.

LinkedIn, in a statement Thursday, 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, according to people familiar with the matter. 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.

Microsoft Folds LinkedIn Social-Media Service in China – WSJ