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LinkedIn allows people to use personal and professional connections to find employment. (To file)

New York: Microsoft said Thursday it would shut down professional social network LinkedIn in China, citing a “difficult operating environment” as Beijing tightens control over technology companies.

The US-based company will replace LinkedIn in China with an app dedicated to applying for jobs but without the networking features, according to senior vice president of engineering Mohak Shroff.

“We are… facing a significantly tougher operating environment and stricter compliance requirements in China,” Shroff said in a blog post.

According to the Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn has been given a deadline by Chinese Internet regulators to better monitor the site’s content.

LinkedIn, which was launched in China in 2014, allows people to use their personal and professional connections to find employment opportunities.

Chinese authorities have targeted a range of local tech behemoths for alleged monopoly practices and aggressive collection of consumer data.

The campaign is part of a broader government policy to tighten its grip on the world’s second-largest economy, including targeting private education, real estate and casinos.

Microsoft will “turn off” the Chinese version of LinkedIn and launch an InJobs app dedicated to professionals connected in this country with companies looking for employees, according to Shroff.

Microsoft bought LinkedIn for just over $ 26 billion in 2016, and has worked to strengthen its presence in China despite concerns about online censorship.

Facebook and Twitter have been banned in China for over a decade.

Google left the country in 2010 in response to a hacking attack and censorship.

E-commerce giant Amazon’s website is accessible in China, but the market there is dominated by local players like Alibaba and JD.com.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and is posted from a syndicated feed.)

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