Cornered by constraints, the professional social network abandons its Chinese version. However, he announced the launch of another version, devoid of social and sharing function, more in line with the expectations of the Chinese government.
More and more tech giants are being forced out of China. After Facebook, Twitter and Google, LinkedIn is now passing its turn, worn out by the multiple and restrictive restrictions of the Chinese web.
The social network announced it in a blog post this October 14. Operating since 2014 in China, LinkedIn had its local version there, in line with government expectations.
“We knew that managing this local version of LinkedIn in China was going to force us to adhere to the Chinese government’s restrictions on digital platforms,” says LinkedIn in the blog post.
An even more local version
But as the rules tightened for the social network, the decision was made to leave the country.
“Even though we have succeeded in helping our Chinese members to find work and opportunities, we have not achieved our social goals of sharing and information. In China, we are also facing an increasingly complex environment, and more and more constraints “, specifies the social network.
In recent weeks, censorship claims have emerged around LinkedIn in China. Several journalist from American media Axios have for example received an email stating that their profile was not available in the country, without any details on why. LinkedIn had specified to Axios that they “respected the laws which applied to them according to the countries.”
The decision to leave the social network is made about two weeks after these revelations. However, if LinkedIn officially closes its offices, the company has announced the launch of another version, this time specific to China. It will be called InJobs.
Logically, depending on the reasons for the departure of LinkedIn, it will not contain any means of sharing content between members, or “news feed”. It will only have vocation to put in relation an employer and a potential employee. InJobs should be launched by the end of the year.