Chinese people can no longer create an account on the business social network LinkedIn.

Owner Microsoft would not comply with local laws at this time,


news agency reports


"We are a global platform with an obligation to respect the laws that apply to us. Including compliance with Chinese government regulations for our local version of LinkedIn in China," Microsoft said in a statement.

Because the company is currently not compliant, it is temporarily not admitting new members.

The exact rules have not been disclosed.

LinkedIn currently has 52 million users in China.

The company has made arrangements with the Chinese authorities to restrict certain content.

Introduced in China in 2014, LinkedIn is one of the few US social networks allowed in the country.

Other platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have been banned for some time.