Friday, December 28, 2018

getting closer to saying goodbye to LinkedIn

In an earlier post, I had talked about my slow-but-steady divorce from social media, noting that I was still partial to LinkedIn. Commenter Justin Yoshida obliquely reminded me that LinkedIn has been used by bad actors before, making it a compromised medium as well. The service is now tainted in my eyes, and I'm seriously considering leaving. Today's news pushes me even closer to the cliff's edge:

IF YOU ONLY GET YOUR NEWS FROM CNN, YOU HAVE NO IDEA THIS STORY HAPPENED: “A left-wing billionaire gave $100,000 towards an online misinformation campaign that mimicked Russian interference operations — but if you only get your news from CNN, then you have no idea that happened. LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, an early investor in Facebook, was behind a six-figure misinformation campaign that involved falsely linking Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to Russian influence operations during Alabama’s December 2017 special election.”

Related: Trump Should Channel Teddy Roosevelt And Bust Some Trusts.
So! LinkedIn's co-founder has been involved in misinformation. Dick. I may leave LinkedIn in a week or so. Will be sad to do so, but the cosmos seems to be speaking pretty clearly.

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