Vivek Ramaswamy
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5516

LinkedIn censors GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, claims it was in "error"

Last week, Microsoft-owned platform LinkedIn silenced Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy over his statements on climate change and China. LinkedIn claimed Ramaswamy’s statements on climate change and President Joe Biden’s China policy were laced with “misleading or inaccurate information,” according to screenshots tweeted by Ramaswamy. MRC Free Speech America reached out to LinkedIn for an explanation of why it censored a presidential candidate. A spokesperson told the MRC that it had restored access to Ramaswamy’s account and that it took action “in error.” Ramaswamy addressed this claim in a later tweet, saying, “This wasn’t a technical glitch, it was an intentional act of censorship of my views on Biden, China, and climate change. Typical Big Tech behavior: trying to cover their tracks after egregious election interference.”

LinkedIn cited three specific posts it alleged violated the platform’s User Agreement and Professional Community Policies. Ramaswamy questioned what he called the “climate agenda” or the “climate religion” and the ESG movement by extension in two of the posts. Vivek said that “[t]he CCP is playing the Biden administration like a Chinese mandolin” in the third post.

In a video included with his initial tweet about the incident, Ramaswamy predicted that his account would be restored in short order due to his status as a presidential candidate and his access to people at LinkedIn. He warned, however, that “if they can do it to me, they can really do it to anybody.” 

Ramaswamy laid out the timeline of events, challenging LinkedIn’s excuse that the censorship was an “error.” He explained, “On May 17 we noticed my account was locked. A LinkedIn employee said it was because I had posted videos containing ;misleading or inaccurate information.; We asked them in writing to point out what was false. The employee doubled down & said they do not tolerate ‘misinformation, hate speech, violence, or abuse.’ It took several media inquiries before they restored the account nearly a week later. Calling it an ‘error’ now is totally dishonest.” 


The previous was excerpted from the full story, found on Newsbusters.org, titled "ELECTION INTERFERENCE: LinkedIn Censors GOP Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy."

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