'No longer be accessible': Yahoo pulls out of China amid tech crackdown

WION Web Team
BeijingUpdated: Nov 02, 2021, 07:11 PM IST

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US tech giant Epic Games had announced it was shutting down in China after Microsoft said it was closing its career-linked social site LinkedIn.

Internet giant Yahoo said on Monday said it is closing its operations in China amid an "increasingly challenging business and legal environment".

The development comes as US tech giant Epic Games announced it was shutting down in China due to curbs imposed on the tech sector.

Epic Games said its servers will be closed and gamers will no longer be able to access its popular survival game Fortnite from November 15.

Yahoo said users will no longer be accessible in China from November 1. "Yahoo remains committed to the rights of our users and a free and open internet," the company said in a statement.

Earlier, Microsoft had announced it will be closing its career-linked social site LinkedIn citing regulatory concerns.

President Xi's regime has imposed restrictions on internet companies while passing new laws clamping down on content amid customer privacy concerns and data use.

Last month China's market regulator had said that "super-large platforms" which was defined as having over 500 million users should do more to protect data and ensure fair competition.

The regulator had declared that internet companies should not obtain data without the users' consent as it launched cybersecurity probes across the board.

The new legislation categorised data "related to national security, the lifeline of the national economy, major aspects of the people's livelihood, and major public interests" amid national security fears.

(With inputs from Agencies)