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LinkedIn to Clampdown in China: A Challenging Operating Environment

Published Sat, Oct 16 2021 08:30 am
by The Silicon Trend

 

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A Challenging Operating Environment: LinkedIn to Clampdown in China

The US multinational tech corporation - Microsoft is clamping down its social networking app LinkedIn in China. The firm added that the app must comply with the challenging operating environment, as the Chinese state strengthens hold over tech companies. As a result, LinkedIn will replace the career-focused social app in the country with an application committed to a jobs-only version of the site - InJobs. 

But this networking site will not include any sort of feed or the potential of posting or sharing articles. Nevertheless, the app's senior VP, Mohak Shroff, said that the company will continue to have a robust existence in China to drive a new-flanged approach and is excited to release the InJobs app this year.

 

 

Disagreement with Govt Censorship

According to the Wall Street Journal, the networking site was given a time limit by the Chinese internet policymakers to finer oversee contents on the platform. They have been aiming at a wide range of domestic tech giants for their monopolistic practices and competitive gathering of people's data. LinkedIn was indeed the only primary social networking site that works in China.

LinkedIn launched in 2014 in the country, where it had agreed to accept the needs of the Govt to work there, promising to be precise about the business conduction in China. It also mentioned the disagreement with the govt censorship. However, the platform has been questioned for blocking few journalist accounts from its China-based site, including Greg Bruno and Melissa Chan, that reached the point of LinkedIn clamping down.

 

 

Platform Leveraged by Chinese Intelligence Agencies

What made LinkedIn too choose the option of the shutdown is hard to contemplate. Some might say the decision was due to the pressure from the Chinese government, while others might say from the US. But the fact is it could be both, right? The Chinese govt has strengthened its hold on the internet, and LinkedIn has been receiving a lot of criticism in the US for bowing to the Chinese state's censorship regulations.

In March, the govt policymakers punished the networking platform for failing to censor political stories, resulting in a 30-days halt of new user registrations. But, other than the censorship dispute, LinkedIn was leveraged by the Chinese intelligence agencies as a hiring tool.

 

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