LinkedIn: Taking Sides

Recently LinkedIn Moderators suspended my account indefinitely with a pretense of needing to positively ID me on their platform. "Suspensions" with a fake demand for ID, is a way in which LinkedIn silences people who are too vocal speaking truth to power. If you Google the hashtag #NotAnotherDemocrat on LinkedIn, there are scores of results, but they've all been taken down at the request of powerful Democrats.

Clicking on any of these results will produce a failed link.

Being silenced by LinkedIn means we were stepping on some toes. I had over 2100 connections and that list was growing by the week. We had more that 100 connections with genuine influencer status and people were starting to pay attention. Some of our posts were reaching more than 20,000 readers and getting more than 500 reactions and 100's of comments.

LinkedIn mods not happy with this outcome, celebrated the first of the year 2022 by suspending my account, with no intention of responding to or acting on a request for reinstatement. Most likely demanding a photocopy of my ID, which we provided, to out my business to blacklists all over the country. If you think I'm kidding, don't. I've already had many people not return phone calls and "switch off" as a result of me not heading their "warnings" to keep my mouth shut and "behave" myself.

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Apparently, the "right people" aren't the people the LinkedIn user gets to decide. Rather LinkedIn decides who the "right people" are. If you reach out to the wrong people, or you are deemed a "wrong person", then you get de-platformed and your voice is silenced.

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IF you read the "do's and don'ts", none of what we were doing violated the User Agreement linked in the 2nd paragraph.

You agree that you will not:

1. Create a false identity on LinkedIn, misrepresent your identity, create a Member profile for anyone other than yourself (a real person), or use or attempt to use another’s account;

2. Develop, support or use software, devices, scripts, robots or any other means or processes (including crawlers, browser plugins and add-ons or any other technology) to scrape the Services or otherwise copy profiles and other data from the Services;

3. Override any security feature or bypass or circumvent any access controls or use limits of the Service (such as caps on keyword searches or profile views);

4. Copy, use, disclose or distribute any information obtained from the Services, whether directly or through third parties (such as search engines), without the consent of LinkedIn;

5. Disclose information that you do not have the consent to disclose (such as confidential information of others (including your employer));

6. Violate the intellectual property rights of others, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets or other proprietary rights. For example, do not copy or distribute (except through the available sharing functionality) the posts or other content of others without their permission, which they may give by posting under a Creative Commons license;

7. Violate the intellectual property or other rights of LinkedIn, including, without limitation, (i) copying or distributing our learning videos or other materials or (ii) copying or distributing our technology, unless it is released under open source licenses; (iii) using the word “LinkedIn” or our logos in any business name, email, or URL except as provided in the Brand Guidelines;

8. Post anything that contains software viruses, worms, or any other harmful code;

9. Reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, decipher or otherwise attempt to derive the source code for the Services or any related technology that is not open source;

10. Imply or state that you are affiliated with or endorsed by LinkedIn without our express consent (e.g., representing yourself as an accredited LinkedIn trainer);

11. Rent, lease, loan, trade, sell/re-sell or otherwise monetize the Services or related data or access to the same, without LinkedIn’s consent;

12. Deep-link to our Services for any purpose other than to promote your profile or a Group on our Services, without LinkedIn’s consent;

13. Use bots or other automated methods to access the Services, add or download contacts, send or redirect messages;

14. Monitor the Services’ availability, performance or functionality for any competitive purpose;

15. Engage in “framing,” “mirroring,” or otherwise simulating the appearance or function of the Services;

16. Overlay or otherwise modify the Services or their appearance (such as by inserting elements into the Services or removing, covering, or obscuring an advertisement included on the Services);

17. Interfere with the operation of, or place an unreasonable load on, the Services (e.g., spam, denial of service attack, viruses, gaming algorithms); and/or

18. Violate the Professional Community Policies or any additional terms concerning a specific Service that are provided when you sign up for or start using such Service, and the Bing Maps terms where applicable.

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These Professional Community Policies are geared towards silencing people they disagree with. Democrats are free to post whatever they wish; like the Kamala Harris supporting Democrat attorney who threated my life was not suspended from LinkedIn for even a day.

Update: LinkedIn Restored My Account as of 3/22/2022. The reason?

They didn't like me saying that a man should not be able to compete in women's sports, no matter what gender he pretends to be. Yep. They refused to restore my account until I acknowledged that I would play by their rules and not "go there".

I agreed not to bring this topic up on their platform, as per their clearly stated demand. So many more important hills to die on than this. However, if it comes up in a confirmation hearing or NCAA ruling, I reserve the right to infer my disapproval by simply using the phrase, "The emperor is still naked." or some other reference to that well known fable "The Emperors' New Cloths".