(JustPatriots.com)- LinkedIn, the professionally-focused social media network owned by Big Tech company Microsoft, is expected to cease operations in China and replace the social media platform with a new website named “InJobs.”
The news comes after Microsoft became the focus of a controversy surrounding the censorship of an Axios reporter, whose LinkedIn profile contained “prohibited content” in China.
Microsoft launched LinkedIn in China in 2014, but since then has been formed to accept a wide range of restrictive rules relating to the kind of content that people can post. The Chinese version of LinkedIn already does not allow users to share content on their timeline, as you would on Facebook and Twitter. Microsoft has also blocked any new applications to sign up for the service, warning those trying to sign up that the website will soon cease to exist and will be replaced with “InJobs.”
Microsoft announced that the new “InJobs” platform will be focused entirely on connecting Chinese users to one another with the express and specific purpose of talking about job opportunities. It will be a standalone app, meaning it will be entirely separate from the LinkedIn ecosystem.
In a statement, LinkedIn described how they strongly support freedom of expression, but had complied with the demands of the Chinese government to “create value for our members in China and around the world.”
Axios reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, who covers Chinese news, was censored on LinkedIn after updating her LinkedIn profile to include her work reporting on China’s Uighur internment camps. LinkedIn, however, made zero mention of this controversy.