Yahoo Pulls Out of China Over ‘Increasingly Challenging’ Environment

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The Yahoo logo is displayed extracurricular  of offices successful  Santa Clara, Calif., connected  April 18, 2011. (Paul Sakuma/AP Photo)

The Yahoo logo is displayed extracurricular of offices successful Santa Clara, Calif., connected April 18, 2011. (Paul Sakuma/AP Photo)

Yahoo has unopen down its services successful mainland China, becoming the 2nd Western tech elephantine to propulsion the plug connected China implicit the past month.

The institution stopped providing contented for mainland Chinese users arsenic of Nov. 1, according to a connection from its authoritative website. “Products and services stay unaffected successful each different planetary locations,” it said.

Yahoo made the determination “[i]n designation of the progressively challenging concern and ineligible situation successful China,” a institution spokesperson told The Epoch Times successful an email connected Tuesday, adding that “Yahoo remains committed to the rights of our users and a escaped and unfastened internet.”

The withdrawal followed that of Microsoft’s societal networking level LinkedIn, which exited the Chinese market conscionable a small implicit 2 weeks ago, citing “a importantly much challenging operating situation and greater compliance requirements successful China.”

The timing of Yahoo’s pullout besides coincided with Beijing’s implementation of a information information law, which stipulates however companies operating successful China grip idiosyncratic information and lays retired rules connected however specified accusation is stored. Yahoo, though, did not notation to this successful its statement.

Yahoo’s technology-focused blog web Engadget volition besides cease publishing contented connected its Chinese website. An announcement connected its homepage alternatively directed users to a abstracted Chinese-language webpage for “more planetary tech coverage.”

The announcement marked Yahoo’s last departure from China pursuing years of dependable downsizing successful the country.

Yahoo opened its Chinese website successful 1998, and successful 2005 invested $1 cardinal for a 40 percent involvement successful Alibaba, handing its Chinese operations to the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate.

It gradually shut down its email and quality work successful the aboriginal 2010s. In 2015, its past remaining beingness successful China—a probe and improvement halfway successful Beijing—was shuttered.

Eva Fu

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Eva Fu is simply a New York-based writer for The Epoch Times focusing connected U.S.-China relations, spiritual freedom, and quality rights.

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