Vivek Ramaswamy’s suspension from professional social network site LinkedIn is a clear example of the extreme censorship that happens every day on social media platforms, reveals journalist Mollie Hemingway. While speaking to Fox News hosts John Roberts and Gillian Turner, Hemingway emphasized that social media sites like LinkedIn punish users with different viewpoints, often flagging them, deplatforming them or censoring them altogether. Hemingway believes that these platforms are mainly controlled by far-left actors, who are intolerant of anything that does not conform to their views.
LinkedIn had suspended Ramaswamy, who is currently a Republican presidential candidate, based on two videos from February 2021, where Ramaswamy criticized Joe Biden’s China policies. Another reason was a May 7 video where he said that “fossil fuels are a requirement for human prosperity.” Ramaswamy, a co-founder of Strive Asset Management, is against using Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria in investing, which triggered LinkedIn’s concern.
Screenshots posted on Twitter by Ramaswamy did not provide specific reasons for the suspension, which LinkedIn claimed was an error the following day.
Hemingway manages an online publication called ‘The Federalist,’ and believes it is hard to believe that Ramaswamy’s suspension from LinkedIn was a mistake, given that he made a few contentious statements. She also sounded the alarm that this was “actual election interference” against someone running for office by LinkedIn, indicating the seriousness of the situation. Hemingway also highlighted the far-left activism of Reid Hoffman, the owner of LinkedIn, further questioning the authenticity of the suspension as an error.
Conservatives accuse social media companies of influencing the 2020 presidential election via censorship, with Twitter even locking out several accounts like the New York Post’s and then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s personal account – for sharing a report from October 14, 2020, about contents on a laptop relinquished by Hunter Biden at a Delaware computer repair shop, citing a “hacked materials” policy.
‘Actual Election Interference’: Fox News Guest Hits LinkedIn Over Ramaswamy Suspension via @DailyCaller https://t.co/eZ00cLP6W0
— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) May 26, 2023
It is high time for social media companies like LinkedIn to stop this kind of censorship, to allow freedom of opinion without censorship, especially with the upcoming presidential elections. With too much censorship and biased behavior, the elections cannot be fair and free.
Source: The Daily Caller