back to article LinkedIn links out of China with 716 roles for the chop

Microsoft's social network for suits, LinkedIn, announced on Tuesday that its localized Chinese app is shutting down and the company is embarking on a layoff process. "As we guide LinkedIn through this rapidly changing landscape, we are making changes to our Global Business Organization (GBO) and our China strategy that will …

  1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

    We are almost on the cusp

    Do companies stay in fully developed markets, such as the USA and the EU? They know what their revenue streams are but growth is hard to find. Or do they go to a developing market which will make the EU and the USA look like medium-size markets in coming years. We see it here in the UK. The government slaps itself on the back when there is talk of "1% growth". I'm paraphrasing. 1% is a rounding error. Meanwhile in China things are a bit different. This century is not in the pocket of the USA. China (and India, if it can get its arse in gear) could make this their century.

  2. alain williams Silver badge

    So: the Chinese 716 ...

    have been LinkedOut ?

  3. PhilipN Silver badge

    "greater compliance requirements

    You mean unlike many a social platform you could not just open multiple accounts for oneself, pet budgerigar and goldfish willy-nilly?

  4. T. F. M. Reader Silver badge

    When LinkedIn RIFs...

    ... do they also delete the redundant employee's LI accounts? Do they downgrade the accounts if there were any corporate perks attached? Do they offer free "premium" upgrades to help the newly redundant with their search for the next position?

    Not necessarily in PRC where rules may be special. Just curiousity-driven.

  5. ComicalEngineer

    Linkedin has almost become Facebook for the working classes with the amount of sheer drivel posted of the "my dog has just died..." type. There is also an increasing amount of spam and scam on the site, of which I've had a number of obvious scam messages and invitations to link from obvious fake accounts. M$ rarely, if ever, takes action on reported spam & scam posts. You'll also find that every 3rd post in your feed is an advert -- sorry "sponsored" post.

    It's obvious that M$ is desperately trying to monetise Linkedin to death with the sheer number of adverts. But what do you do when there are no more working people who want to sign up to the platform? Easy, dump a few staff.

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