Yahoo leaves China for good, cites "challenging" environment

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A Yahoo logo is pictured successful beforehand of a gathering successful Rolle, Switzerland December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

SHANGHAI, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Yahoo said it had stopped allowing its services to beryllium accessible from mainland China "in designation of the progressively challenging concern and ineligible environment", the 2nd Western tech marque to discontinue the state successful caller weeks.

The institution stopped providing contented for users successful mainland China arsenic of Nov. 1, according to a connection published connected its website, which directed users of Yahoo and AOL message to different links. Local Chinese media reported Yahoo's determination connected Tuesday.

"In designation of the progressively challenging concern and ineligible situation successful China, Yahoo’s suite of services volition nary longer beryllium accessible from mainland China arsenic of November 1," a Yahoo spokesperson told Reuters successful an email connected Tuesday.

"Yahoo remains committed to the rights of our users and a escaped and unfastened internet. We convey our users for their support."

Yahoo's determination follows that of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), which pulled the plug connected Linkedin successful China past month, marking the retreat of the past large U.S.-owned societal web successful China. Linkedin cited a "more challenging operating situation and greater compliance requirements successful China". work much

Yahoo had already greatly scaled backmost its beingness successful China implicit the past fewer years. Prior to Monday, it had inactive operated a upwind app and immoderate pages that showed quality articles successful overseas languages.

Yahoo entered China successful 1998 and successful 2012 struck a woody with Alibaba Group (9988.HK) to merchantability its involvement successful the e-commerce giant. The woody besides saw Alibaba get the close to run Yahoo China nether the Yahoo marque for up to 4 years.

Yahoo China aboriginal unopen its email work and web portal but the marque retained a planetary probe and improvement halfway successful Beijing until 2015, erstwhile it was unopen down.

Its departure comes arsenic Beijing has imposed caller curbs connected its net companies connected areas from contented to lawsuit privateness arsenic good arsenic caller laws. On Monday, its caller Personal Information Protection instrumentality designed to support online idiosyncratic information privateness came into effect.

In May, Verizon Communications (VZ.N) sold Yahoo and its different media businesses to backstage equity steadfast Apollo Global for $5 billion.

The Chinese website of tech blog Engadget, which was besides sold successful the deal, was besides unavailable connected Tuesday and lone displayed Yahoo's announcement connected nary longer providing contented for mainland China users.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Brenda Goh Editing by Keith Weir

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