Copyright Dr. Elizabeth Garner All rights Reserved
DEAR WORLD FANS AND READERS,
Having been married to a Special Forces Viet Nam veteran who is buried in Arlington, one of the best pieces of advice he gave me was this: it’s easy to recognize an ambush when it’s happening and don’t ever hesitate to take immediate action. I live his advice and it doesn’t hurt to be an attorney either.
Since I first broke this story about LINKEDIN MADNESS, DEFAMATION, STALKING AND BANNING, I am now receiving not only emails from around the world of people telling me their horror stories from petty group moderator tyrants and congratulating for my courage in standing up to them, I’m being bombarded with phone calls also in the same vein.
I’ve hit a nerve about the UNDERBELLY of suppression of non-defamatory FREE SPEECH on LINKEDIN and how these group moderators punish and harrass people of which they are afraid. Conversely, the horror stories I’ve received report how these petty tyrants ALLOW DEFAMATION AND HARASSMENT TO OCCUR in the name of “civility” on a regular basis. They have no clue what is legal or illegal when it comes to this issue worldwide or the treaties among countries that control these issues. I do.
There is nothing civil about what is going on, it’s lazy moderators who ARE AFRAID, none of which seem to have a legal background to distinguish anything they claim, hiding behind the illegal claims of law the owners of LINKEDIN have sent me when I inquired what law LinkedIn was using to allow this behavior. The law they are using subverts international treaties . I’ve witnessed some of the worst hurling of hatred in these forums, worse than what I see on Facebook, and I’m appalled at the ignorance of these moderator tyrants who claim they don’t recognize it.
So here’s today’s update I received from the group moderator who banned me from four groups. What she had originally written me was I was being blocked and banned from posting or commenting until she spoke with the former group moderator and expected that I was supposed to be fine with this situation.
AMBUSH, AMBUSH, AMBUSH.
Why on earth would I wait for someone to run my life from afar? Ignorance is classified as not knowing better, stupidity is just stupidity. This was supposed to be the “civil” way of doing things I was to accept meekly. As you all know I didn’t, and notified said moderator I was plastering this story all over the internet asap.
Her response this morning was some garbage about me not having patience and she is busy. She got to write on and on, I was limited in my response to her for some reason and didn’t get to say what I wanted to say. Oh and an apology for not having read emails I sent to her regarding the situation because of the HUGE TECHNICAL PROBLEMS LINKEDIN is experiencing, for which LINKEDIN HAS NO SOLUTION. LINKEDIN HAS BEEN HIJACKED TECHNICALLY IN SOME AREAS AND CAN’T COME UP WITH A SOLUTION, so be forewarned. Always blame it on the computer when you can’t come up with a rational argument.
Then she claimed I had posted inaccurate info, because she had all the emails, as if I didn’t have all the emails either. I reminded her I was an attorney and choose my words very carefully; I don’t lose cases, because I’m careful, thorough, and know what ever goes down in writing on the internet is there for perpetuity. I’m not that stupid. It was a nice try on her part though.
Her solution to the situation is that there is going to be a secret voting poll about me (of course I don’t get access to this) as to whether I’m good enough for these people (groups that claim membership of 10,000 and have about on average maybe < 10 people post on a regular basis, with no responses to the posts, a dramatic change from how these groups performed prior to her taking over this moderator position). Then she uses the circular argument that the drop in new people posting comments is evidence that I don’t have respect for the people in these groups. It must have been my comment that seeing this dramatic drop in other than this small coterie of people which has dwindled under her leadership bores me as does long winded bombastic and pompous comments, of which I’ve already written.
And now she’s going to moderate like a hawk anything I write in these groups. Doesn’t matter to me if that’s how she wants to spend her time. I’m not leaving these groups; they are going to have to kick me out (and I always plan ahead for such contingencies) and I’ve been monitoring her refusal to post my discussions VERY CLOSELY even before this outrage occurred. So I’ve been well aware of her previous bias on an on-going basis.
I asked her who elected her as the “civility police” and did she have any legal background to function in that manner properly? So these groups now become a self fulfilling prophesy of former or current academics, with some other truly interested parties who would like to learn something new WHO ARE VERY AFRAID OF HAVING THEIR PARADIGMS SHIFTED WHEN THE TRUTH IS BROUGHT TO THEIR ATTENTION. And rest assured, there was nothing uncivil in any of my responses to these hooligans, but of course no one can get to the truth because she’s blocked access of the whole conversations and then deleted whatever she wanted, as she told me.
Then she goes onto imply that I don’t have individual respect for some of the posters, as if she has anyway to judge that. I informed her that I converse with some of these people in private on LINKEDIN on a semi-regular basis. Often I’ve told some harrassers in private: You’re entitled to your opinions but I won’t tolerate your nasty words. I have nothing against you. If you’d like to be friends, I’m willing. There’s only one person who hasn’t responded positively to that approach.
Now she’s posted “Group Rules” again which have the terms of civility and respect in them but of course there’s no definitions for those terms; it’s what she decides they are. It’s okay for me to be insulted and defamed but it’s not okay for me to post “I will no longer be responding to your answers about these issues” to the hooligans she allowed to run rampant. I don’t see any incivility in that response, just a firm statement of non-toleration, but you be the judge.
I’d like to leave you with an email (that has been redacted as to name and group to preserve the anonimity of the sender) which I think clearly sums ups the harassment allowed on LINKEDIN
I have had your same basic experience of censorship and stalking. It takes just ONE complaint to a link manager to get you censorship. My forum is having my comments sent to the “review comments ” bin, never to be posted. I informed Linkedin of the situation , and they said it is out of their control. That I must contact the manager of a link and request reinstatement. Most managers have no idea of what your talking about. They don’t know there is a pending category. The pending category is done by LinkedIn itself to protect itself against lawsuits of censorship . One stalker can freeze all your links on Linkedin and Linkedin with one complaint, requests documented pages of comments, which is impossible to do. Some nasty jealous people hooked up on Linkedin.
One member was harassed by a supposed university professor. The member was a best selling author and writer with many awards. The professor constantly called her a liar and that the awards were phoney and books not best sellers.
I have had the same thing happen to me (some from people I know very well and some from what can only be called jerks who have some very focused disruptive agendas) and to others. I have searched the LinkedIn forum groups where this complaint is COMMON.
Who is willing to tolerate this despotism? I’m not. And I have EVERY INTENT TO MAKE IT AS DIFFICULT AS POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO CONTINUE SUCH BEHAVIOR. BECAUSE I CAN AND IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.