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National Security Alert – Chinese Influence Over Big Tech – LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with 756 million members in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide and the third-largest social media giant. It is smaller in size than Facebook (at 2.75 billion members) or Instagram (at 1 billion), but far larger than the much younger (age 18-29) crowd at Twitter (340 million).

When it comes to influencing though, LinkedIn, due to its professional and disproportionately leadership-oriented demographics, arguably has more influence than most.

Yet, it is generally ignored when analysts comment on Big Tech. Especially when it comes to censorship or foreign subversion.

It should not be. Especially since it may be penetrated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

My recent experiences with LinkedIn, where I have been a paying ‘Premium’ member for many years, is horrific. As a national security professional, media entrepreneur, and journalist, my extensive international LinkedIn network consists mostly of public policy and security analysts, senior military members, and the media. My highly professional and well-sourced posts are likewise geared to my network.

And I had never before had any issues with LinkedIn.

However, beginning this year, LinkedIn suddenly became perhaps worse than all the other Big Tech firms with regards to censoring conservative views and purging members. But its obsessive and bizarre obsession with aggressively purging and blocking any post or comment critical of communist China is particularly reprehensible and concerning.

I have had a post linked to a reputable historical source discussing Mao’s nearly genocidal mass murders blocked. Other posts linked to a U.S. Senate report on Hunter Biden’s links to China were repeatedly blocked. Most concerning though is LinkedIn’s apparent mission to repress ANY information that points to China’s links to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have had multiple posts linked to credible and mainstream news reporting on China’s biowarfare programs or potential links to COVID-19 blocked. Such as this, or this. Most recently, their censorship extended to even totally disappearing the ‘offending posts’ citing Australian news reports of a leaked document/book where Chinese military scientists discuss weaponizing the SARs virus back in 2015. My article is linked here.

Normally when censoring, LinkedIn blocks viewing of the post to anyone but the individual who posted it, and then sends an email explaining their ‘justification.’ These range from the most generic ‘violations of policy,’ to labeling what they don’t like as ‘misinformation,’ to more recently calling them ‘scams or spam.’ Generally, they give you the opportunity to review your post and ‘Ask for a Second Look.’

I have challenged every single act of LinkedIn censorship, and won on several occasions, having my posts restored—albeit after having lost viewing momentum. But, now in its most recent attempts to censor my posts, by eliminating the post altogether, LinkedIn makes it much harder to contest their capricious or deliberate actions and removes the evidence from the table.

See here LinkedIn’s most recent message blocking my post on China and showing how I can supposedly view the post at the ‘Ask for a Second Look.’ link.

However, since the post has been ‘disappeared’ by LinkedIn, it no longer appears anywhere in my profile or feed.

Am I alone in this censorship, and is it simply random algorithm-based folly? Absolutely not. A noted China expert, Pete Humphrey, recently had his comments blocked and then had his profile totally restricted at the apparent behest of CCP operatives in Beijing.

His crime? Factually, but critically commenting on the all-powerful China Global Television Network’s (CGTN) propaganda posts. Apparently, according to the LinkedIn commissars, alone, elderly scholar can ‘bully and harass’ a colossal, state-run media powerhouse.  After being released from two weeks in the LinkedIn ‘clink’ or jail, Humphrey posted about his harassment in a LinkedIn article titled: “Is LinkedIn China’s Censor?”

In his piece, he notes that due to his publicized incident, he received highly disturbing information from sources within LinkedIn that said:

…LinkedIn’s so-called “localized China operation” was involved in executing the will of the CCP and CGTN in censoring me. Some years ago LinkedIn had caved in to CCP pressure to set up a “local operation” in China which would censor and filter content on the platform within China. Setting up this “local operation”, they said, was a quid pro quo for LI continuing to operate in China, unlike other western social media platforms who are blocked because they refused to collaborate with CCP censors.

But it’s not so “local”, these sources said. China has planted people working for the “China operation” on the staff in LinkedIn’s offices in America as well. There is sometimes a battle for control…

So, apparently, China has infiltrated LinkedIn, and is trying to use its power and influence to censor any criticism, and purge critics. There is much more to the LinkedIn-China censorship scandal. Please stay tuned.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Floyd Hodgins
Floyd Hodgins
1 year ago

Keep up the battle. I, for one, appreciate all your posts.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
1 year ago


1 year ago

Great to hear – I am not the only victim of the CCP
Mr Crespo you need to inquire into how many times a day you are being pinged by chinese computers – you have the contacts who can help you. You will be surpised.