1. Vivek Ramaswamy, a GOP presidential candidate and entrepreneur, was censored by LinkedIn for alleged misinformation and hate speech related to posts about climate change and the potential threat of China.
2. The decision to censor Vivek Ramaswamy comes amid a surge in his polling numbers where he currently stands third behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump among Republican primary voters.
3. One of the comments by Vivek Ramaswamy that LinkedIn deemed offensive was a statement suggesting that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was manipulating the Biden administration.
4. The second post criticized the "climate religion," questioning why there wasn't more concern about shifting oil production from the U.S. to countries like Russia and China if climate change was the real concern.
5. In the third post, Vivek Ramaswamy argued that the climate agenda was false and insisted that fossil fuels were essential for human prosperity, a statement that LinkedIn flagged as misinformation.
6. In response to his account suspension, Vivek Ramaswamy publicly challenged LinkedIn to clarify what part of his statements was misleading, stating his comments were based on facts.
7. LinkedIn defended its actions, stating its intolerance for misinformation, hate speech, violence, or any form of abuse on their platform. The social media company insisted that they apply their policies fairly and consistently across all members.
8. Despite the censorship, Vivek Ramaswamy voiced concern not for himself, but for others who may face similar censorship from tech giants. He warned, "If they can do it to me, they can do it to anyone."
9. Vivek Ramaswamy criticized the relationship between tech companies and the government, arguing that they collectively silence speech that the government alone cannot censor directly.
10. While facing censorship on LinkedIn, Vivek Ramaswamy continues his 2024 presidential campaign with 4.8% support among GOP primary voters, according to a poll conducted by Cygnal.