Primary Taiwanese news agency Central News Agency (CNA) recently reported that the Microsoft-owned social network platform LinkedIn announced that it will close its website in China, which means that the last major U.S. social network publicly accessible in China will close. According to LinkedIn’s official announcement, the reason for this decision was that the operating environment in China has become much more challenging and the Chinese authorities have imposed more compliance requirements. In March, the Chinese Internet Regulatory Authority told LinkedIn that it must strengthen the compliance level of its web content and it must comply within 30 days. In recent months, LinkedIn has notified human rights activists, scholars and journalists who are concerned about the situation in China that their personal records on the platform have been blocked in China because they allegedly contain prohibited content.
Source: CNA, October 14, 2021