LinkedIn Partially Pulls Out Of China

In a sign that perhaps American companies are getting fed up with having to deal with China and their unique requirements, LinkedIn is shutting down operations in China. Here’s why:

While we’ve found success in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunity, we have not found that same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and staying informed. We’re also facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China. Given this, we’ve made the decision to sunset the current localized version of LinkedIn, which is how people in China access LinkedIn’s global social media platform, later this year.

Instead, LinkedIn will do this:

Later this year, we will launch InJobs, a new, standalone jobs application for China. InJobs will not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles. We will also continue to work with Chinese businesses to help them create economic opportunity. 

I guess that this is the only way that LinkedIn could operate in the country. I wonder if LinkedIn is going to be the first of many companies to start to back away from China in whole or in part, or is this a unique event?

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