Microsoft will shut down LinkedIn in China as part of Beijing’s tech crackdown.

Microsoft has announced the closure of its China office in response to Beijing’s tightening grip on technology firms.

According to Mohak Shroff, senior vice-president of engineering, the US-based company plans to replace the career-oriented social network in China with a job-application app without networking features.

China has significantly more difficult operating environments and compliance requirements, he wrote in a recent blog post.

According to sources Chinese internet regulators have given LinkedIn a deadline to improve content oversight on the website.

Chinese authorities have singled out a number of domestic tech behemoths for monopolistic practises and aggressive data collection. The government has stated unequivocally that it favours candidates who actively promote socialist values.

The government has a broader strategy for reining in the world’s second largest economy, in addition to focusing on private education, real estate, and casinos.

Microsoft will launch an InJobs application

According to Shroff, the LinkedIn China version will “sunset,” and Microsoft will launch an InJobs application to connect connected professionals in that country with employers looking to hire.

LinkedIn, which was launched in China in 2014 and does not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles, can help people find jobs through personal and professional connections.

While there have been concerns about online censorship, despite paying slightly more than $26 billion for LinkedIn in 2016, Microsoft has worked to establish a presence in China.

LinkedIn temporarily halted new sign-ups in China in March as it worked to comply with Chinese laws. After discovering that 105 apps had illegally collected and used personal information, China’s top internet regulator ordered them to make corrections two months later.

According to the Axios news website, LinkedIn removed from its Chinese platform the profiles of several US journalists and academics that contained sensitive data for China due to “prohibited content” last month.

For more than a decade, Facebook and Twitter have been blocked in China. As a result of a hacking attack and censorship, Google left the country in 2010.

Despite the fact that Amazon’s website is accessible in China, local players such as Alibaba and dominate the market.

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