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Yahoo leaves China for good, cites 'challenging' environment

i24NEWS - Reuters

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At Yahoo headquarters on  in Sunnyvale, California, US, July 17, 2012.
JUSTIN SULLIVAN (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/Archives)At Yahoo headquarters on in Sunnyvale, California, US, July 17, 2012.

Yahoo is the second large US technology firm to reduce operations in China in recent weeks

Yahoo said it had stopped allowing its services to be accessible from mainland China "in recognition of the increasingly challenging business and legal environment."

"In recognition of the increasingly challenging business and legal environment in China, Yahoo’s suite of services will no longer be accessible from mainland China as of November 1," a Yahoo spokesperson told Reuters in an email on Tuesday.

"Yahoo remains committed to the rights of our users and a free and open internet. We thank our users for their support," the statement on their website said.

Yahoo had downsized operations in China before this, closing its office in Beijing in 2015. It had also offered a music service in China, which was stopped in 2012, and an email service, which ended in 2013.

Yahoo is the second large US technology firm to reduce operations in China in recent weeks.

LinkedIn, Microsoft's professional networking platform, retreated from the country last month, replacing the platform with a stripped-down version called "InJobs." 

"While we’ve found success in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunity, we have not found that same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and staying informed," LinkedIn said.

"We're also facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China."