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LinkedIn Is Going to Take 14 Days to Review My Case

May 19, 2021

To any rational person, this is an open-and shut case, and my LinkedIn profile should be restored. I am posting about controversial current events, and LinkedIn has chosen to favor the side of the oppressor, and therefore to censor thpse on the side of the oppressed. These days whether one has a LinkedIn profile can have a major impact on one’s future livelihood, so I am effectively being punished for being on the right side of history. Why is it that Bernie Sanders can call Israeli policy racist but private citizens cannot without being falsely denounced as anti-Semitic?

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Reference # 210517-006976View your case(s) on our Help CenterStatus: OpenResponse (05/19/2021 03:01 CST)Hi Scott,

Thanks for your reply.

Your appeal has been received and is currently under review. Please allow up to 14 days for us to contact you regarding the status of the account.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Regards,

Richie
Member Safety and Recovery Consultant
Member (05/18/2021 08:10 CST)So, in order to stay in LinkedIn, I have to support war crimes and violations of international law?
Please explain how #1 and #2 are abusive and unprofessional. #1 explicitly criticizes a war crime. Bombing media buildings is a war crime. #2 criticizes LinkedIn and its CEO for censoring a political cartoon commenting on Israel violating international law as established under the Geneva conventions.
I did not write #3, and it looks totally unfamiliar to me, although it may have been part of the Instagram
link. I would not use or approve of that kind of language, but it again describes a violation of international law. Presumably I saw video in the post is not included in this e-mail that I thought was worth sharing.
As far as I am concerned, LinkedIn is simply suppressing political speech it doesn’t like. This is dangerous ground, as described in this editorial by Rabbi Alissa Wise of Jewish Voice for Peace in The Guardian: Facebook might censor criticism of Zionists. That’s dangerous | Rabbi Alissa
Wise
Facebook might censor criticism of Zionists. That’s dangerous | Rabbi Al… By making ‘Zionists’ a de facto protected category, Facebook would shield the Israeli government from accountabi…

I have a strong suspicion that the takedown of my account relates to my recent reporting of an AJC post for misinformation. It was a link to an essay downplaying the unlawful expulsions of Palestinians from their homes and the attack on al-Aqsa masjid to smear Palestinians as a bunch of rabid
Jew-haters and terrorists. To say that is false is an understatement. https://www.thedailybeast.com/no-most-palestinians-arent-anti-semites
I am looking at the Professional Community Policies and am not seeing how I violated them in the first two instances unless you have an unwritten (dishonest) policy equating criticism of Israel and anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Jewish Voice for Peace is an explicitly anti-Zionist organization according to their website, and they have a LinkedIn page, so that seems
unlikely.
Had #3 been original content, I would understand your position on suspending my account much more. Perhaps you should add to the Professional Community Policies a warning to better police our links to make sure that the authors themselves aren’t editorializing in offensive ways. I am not aware that we can edit link previews in LinkedIn.
That said, I will be more careful in the future making sure insults like those in #3 are not anywhere in my posts, even if I didn’t write them and they are
simply part of a link preview.
As far as I am concerned, LinkedIn’s censoring of the political cartoon was racist against Arabs, and I said so, and I do not think it is a stretch to call war criminals and their sympathizers “nazis,” especially with a small n. There is a strain of Zionist thought with which I disagree that says it is always unacceptable to compare anything that Israel does to Palestine with that of Nazi Germany, yet even Holocaust survivors and their descendants have done so on multiple
occasions. The political cartoon LinkedIn censored was sent to me by an octogenarian friend who is herself a Holocaust survivor, although not a Jew.

Meet The Wrong Type of Jew, The Media Doesn’t Want You To Know Exists | Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi
Meet The Wrong Type of Jew, The Media Doesn’t Want You To Know Exists | …

(In this video, an English Jew discusses an incident in which young Zionist Jews attacked a Holocaust survivor for comparing Israel’s actions against Palestine to what he observed
Nazis do.)
Son of Holocaust Survivors Compares Gaza To Warsaw Ghetto

Son of Holocaust Survivors Compares Gaza To Warsaw Ghetto

If you believe that “racist” and “nazi” are abusive language, I think you should elaborate your Professional Community Policies as to state what constitutes abusive language on your site. You state ” We don’t allow content that attacks, denigrates, intimidates, dehumanizes, incites or threatens hatred, violence, prejudicial or discriminatory action against
individuals or groups because of their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or disability status. ” You do not state that calling out racism, as I did in #2, is a violation. I recently tagged Andrew Yang as being racist against Arabs, but you didn’t cite that one as a reason for the takedown. Your Professional Community Policies say nothing regarding political commentary, and I see plenty of it in my feed, including
the aforementioned AJC post.
I am well aware that the first amendment does not cover what one can say on a private platform, but I do believe that your censorship of me and takedown of my profile in this situation is not within your Terms of Service. I will by the LinkedIn User Agreement and Professional Community Policies, but I think you’re very nebulous in your reasoning for #1 and #2, and again, #3, if I posted it at all, was content in a forward, most likely from Instagram. I am not seeing in this
message a post I made that LinkedIn took down that was a forward from The IMEU’s Instagram page showing an Israeli mob and Israeli police expelling a Palestinian man in Haifa from his home in violation of international law, a video that I think people need to see. I would have posted it to Facebook, but I’m suspended there for sharing a Facebook friend’s post with “Is this for real?” and was accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19, while the friend wasn’t suspended, nor was her post taken down. I
have alluded above to potentially selective, arbitrary, and capricious censorship by LinkedIn, and it is clear that i am already a target for such on Facebook.
Sincerely,
Scott Andrew HutchinsResponse (05/18/2021 02:10 CST)Hi Scott,

Thanks for reaching out.

Your account has been restricted due to multiple violations of our Professional Community Policies. Sharing unprofessional or abusive content goes against our policies.

1. Only a twisted Nazi would consider it good news. https://israelpalestinenews.org/israel-knowingly-bombed-ap-office-in-gaza/. Content Creation Time: Sun, 16 May 2021 02:03:17 GMT.

2. Ryan Roslansky’s community policies on LinkedIn are racist. https://lnkd.in/gnGQQXi: Content Creation Time: Sun, 16 May 2021 05:07:15 GMT

3. Is this “Is*raeli” self defense??? beating a woman in front of her children?? ? I guess this must be the Hamas they keep saying they are fighting ??? dogs! #freepalestine ??. Content Creation Time: Sun, 16 May 2021 04:05:50 GMT.

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• Professional Community Policies: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/professional-community-policies

You can appeal this restriction by replying to this email with your explicit consent that you will abide by the LinkedIn User Agreement and Professional Community Policies.

If you have any questions regarding your appeal you can reply to this email. Thank you for being part of the LinkedIn community.

Regards,

Richie
Member Safety and Recovery Consultant
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