LinkedIn took action against the account of Republican presidential primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, claiming that he had run afoul of the social media platform's rules by repeatedly posting material that included "misleading or inaccurate information."
"Big Tech election interference has begun: @LinkedIn locked my account & censored me this week for posting videos where I expressed fact-based views as a presidential candidate about climate policy and Biden's relationships with China," Ramaswamy tweeted.
LinkedIn listed Ramaswamy's supposed infractions, which included a video posted along with the comment, "The CCP is playing the Biden administration like a Chinese mandolin. China has weaponized the 'woke pandemic' to stay one step ahead of us. And it's working."
The company also took issue with a video that was posted along with the comment, "If the climate religion was really about climate change, then they'd be worried about, say, shifting oil production from the U.S. to places like Russia and China. Yet, the climate religion and its apostles in the ESG movement have a different objective."
The third supposed violation was a video posted along with a comment saying, "The climate agenda is a lie: fossil fuels are a requirement for human prosperity."
LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft, informed Ramaswamy that if he consented to not breach the terms again, the company would provide him another opportunity to regain access to his account. The company also said he could appeal the decision if he felt his material was not in violation of its policies.
"Microsoft, the 2nd largest company in the world, owns & operates @LinkedIn which censored me this week from sharing fact-based views on climate change & Biden's relationship with China. @Microsoft also operates @bing, the supposed 'competitor' to Google. This may be a preview of what's coming in the year ahead: sector-wide 2024 election interference," Ramaswamy tweeted.
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