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Yahoo has become the latest US tech company to end its presence in mainland China as tougher regulations are imposed there, BBC reported.

  • Published: November 3, 2021 5:01 PM IST
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Yahoo has become the latest US tech company to end its presence in mainland China as tougher regulations are imposed there, BBC reported. Also Read - What Indians searched for in 2021: Bitcoin, Elon Musk, Narendra Modi, and a lot more

The firm said its decision was due to an “increasingly challenging business and legal environment” in the country”, the report added. Also Read - Your Window PC can now run Android apps

Yahoo users in China are now greeted with a message saying its sites are no longer accessible. Also Read - Yahoo Groups to shut down from December 15

The company says Yahoo products and services remain unaffected elsewhere around the world.

In a statement, it says: “Yahoo remains committed to the rights of our users and a free and open internet. We thank our users for their support.”

Yahoo’s move follows closely behind Microsoft’s announcement last month that it was removing LinkedIn – its business-focused social network – from China, something it also blamed on “a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements”, the report added.

China is in the midst of a large-scale crackdown on big tech companies – both those from the US and its own native giants.

A range of laws passed in recent years contributes to what Yahoo and others characterise as a “challenging” market, the report said.

The Personal Information Protection Law – or PIPL – which came into effect on 1 November, is one of them.

Designed as a Chinese data-protection law, it introduces a range of regulations about how data can be collected and stored, with the threat of potentially massive fines of up to 5 per cent of a company’s annual turnover.

(Inputs from IANS)

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  • Published Date: November 3, 2021 5:01 PM IST



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