Maurice de Hond: ‘LinkedIn blockade seems organised action’

According to the opinion poll, this is because a few dozen LinkedIn users have reported his messages, after which his account would have been blocked automatically. “It seems like an organized way to make things difficult for me,” he says in a response to the CCeit.

De Hond says for example to have received a message in which someone writes: “I was very pleased to read that LinkedIn has removed you” The sender claims to be “one of the many people who has registered you as a public health danger, you are.”

De Hond regularly posts links on LinkedIn and other social media to articles on his website, in which he is critical of the cabinet’s corona measures. According to him, the cabinet, the RIVM and the Outbreak Management Team are suffering from a tunnel vision. On the basis of scientific literature and his own data analyses, the pollster concludes, among other things, that the other half-meter rule is nonsense.

Last week De Hond already discovered that some of his LinkedIn messages were deleted. A follower pointed him out when he couldn’t find a post from August 6.

Hammer and nails

The opinion pollster is convinced that aerosols, tiny breath droplets, play a major role in the spread of the coronavirus. That is why he has been arguing for months for more attention to ventilation.

‘Fake news’

Thursday night it turned out that his entire LinkedIn profile had disappeared. “They say it was fake news.” He regrets that LinkedIn did not give a warning beforehand. “They took it right away. All they’re saying now is that I can object. I did.”

De Hond gives LinkedIn until tomorrow evening to restore his profile. He also wants the platform to mention that his account was wrongfully deleted. “If they don’t, I’m sure I’ll follow up.”

Community rules

LinkedIn commented Friday to the ANP that it only communicates with a user about actions against an account. “We have clear terms and conditions and community rules and we expect all our members to abide by them,” the platform added. It’s not clear which specific rules LinkedIn is referring to.

The business network’s policies state that “in case of serious or repeated violations” someone’s account can be deleted. Users can report things like spam, fake profiles, suspicious messages or security concerns to LinkedIn. Disinformation can also be reported. A difference of opinion is not a valid reason to flag something”, according to the platform.

LinkedIn was not available on Saturday for questions from the CCeit.