Microsoft pulls plug on LinkedIn in China

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Microsoft says it is shutting down its LinkedIn service in China later this year following tighter government rules on internet companies.

The LinkedIn logo is displayed during a product announcement Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says it is shutting down its LinkedIn service in China later this year following tighter government rules on internet companies.

The company said in a blog post Thursday it has faced “a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.”

LinkedIn said it will replace its localized version with a new app called InJobs that has some of LinkedIn’s career-networking features but “will not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles.”

LinkedIn launched its Chinese version in 2014, before it was bought by Microsoft in 2016.

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