Yahoo withdraws from China over “increasingly difficult” environment

The Yahoo logo will appear outside the office in Santa Clara, CA on April 18, 2011. (Paul Sakuma / AP Photo)

Yahoo has ceased service in mainland China, becoming the second Western tech giant to unplug China in the past month.

According to a statement on the official website, the company stopped providing content to users in mainland China on November 1. “Products and services are unaffected in all other global locations,” he said.

Yahoo says “[i]A spokeswoman for the company told The Epoch Times in an email Tuesday, adding that “Yahoo continues to work on user rights and the free and open Internet.”

The withdrawal was cited after the withdrawal of Microsoft’s social networking platform LinkedIn, which withdrew from the Chinese market about two weeks ago, because of “a very strict operating environment and stricter compliance requirements in China.”

The timing of Yahoo’s withdrawal coincided with the enforcement of Beijing’s Data Security Act, which stipulates how companies doing business in China process personal data and sets rules on how to store such information. But Yahoo didn’t mention this in its statement.

Engadget, a blog network focused on Yahoo’s technology, will also stop publishing content on Chinese websites. Instead, the announcement on its home page led users to another Chinese web page for “more global technical coverage.”

The announcement marks the final departure from China after Yahoo has steadily shrunk over the years.

Yahoo launched its Chinese website in 1998, invested $ 1 billion in a 40% stake in Alibaba in 2005, and transferred its Chinese business to a Chinese e-commerce conglomerate.

We gradually shut down email and news services in the early 2010s. In 2015, the last remaining Beijing R & D center in China was closed.



Eva Fu is a writer for The Epoch Times based in New York, focusing on Sino-US relations, religious freedom and human rights.

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