NEW YORK (AFP) — Microsoft on Thursday said it will shut down career-oriented social network LinkedIn in China, citing a “challenging operating environment” as Beijing tightens its control over tech firms.

The United States-based company will replace LinkedIn in China with an application dedicated to applying for jobs but without the networking features, according to senior vice president of engineering Mohak Shroff.

“We’re… facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China,” Shroff said in a blog post.

According to The Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn was given a deadline by Chinese internet regulators to better oversee content on the site.

LinkedIn, which launched in China in 2014, lets people use personal and professional relationships to find job opportunities.

Aside from being a venue for finding jobs, LinkedIn is a place for exchanges over business developments or news.

“The Chinese government has no sense of humor when it comes to criticism; the result is they have been very aggressive in stopping that kind of information,” independent tech analyst Rob Enderle of Engerle Group said.

China is known for its daunting “Great Firewall” that censors online content and activity.

Facebook and Twitter have been banned in China for more than a decade. Google left the country in 2010 in response to a hacking attack and censorship.