Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday said it plans to pull out of China, citing an “increasingly challenging business and legal ecosystem.”
The company said in a statement that its sets will no longer be easy to reach from mainland China as of Nov. 1.
“Yahoo remains committed to the rights of our users and a free and open internet. We thank our users for their sustain,” the statement read.
Yahoo is the second large U.S. technology firm in recent weeks to reduce its operations in China. Last month, Microsoft’s specialized networking platform LinkedIn said it would shutter its Chinese site, replacing it with a jobs board instead.
Yahoo had before downsized operations in China, and in 2015 shuttered its Beijing office. Its withdrawal from China is largely symbolic as at the minimum some of Yahoo’s sets, including its web portal, have been confined in the country.
Yahoo also before operated a music and email service in China, but both sets were also stopped in the early 2010s.
Chinese authorities continue a firm grip on Internet censorship in the country, and require companies operating in China to censor content and keywords deemed politically sensitive or inappropriate.
China has also confined most international social media sites and search engines, such as Facebook and Google. Users in China who wish to access these sets circumvent the block by using a virtual private network (VPN).
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