Asia&Pacific

Yahoo leaves China over ‘increasingly challenging business’

17:21, 02 November 2021
Yahoo leaves China over ‘increasingly challenging business’ Photo: Sergey Bulkin/NEWS.ru

The American Internet company Yahoo announced that it shut down access to the service in China, AP reported on Tuesday. 


"Yahoo remains committed to the rights of our users and free and open internet. We thank our users for their support. We pulled the plug in recognition of the increasingly challenging business and legal environment," Yahoo’s statement read.

Yahoo limited access to its mail and music service in China back in 2010.  In 2015, the company closed its Beijing office and fired 300 employees.

Yahoo was the latest foreign company that continued to work in China. Google, Microsoft, and others have already exited China.

On October 15, Microsoft announced that it will close the Chinese version of LinkedIn at the end of 2021 since the company cannot meet Chinese requirements.

In addition, the Chinese authority has blocked the big part of popular international social media sites and search engines, including Facebook and Google. China managed to fill the social media void by creating its services and platforms such as Baidu, WeChat, Weibo, etc.

On Monday, Epic Games developer reported on its website that it will shut down in China one of the most popular video games in history Fortnite as China continues the crackdown on IT and video game sectors.