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Now ostracized from Facebook, MAGA trolls are making the move to LinkedIn

As if those work anniversary congratulations weren’t annoying enough.

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There are a lot of reasons to hate Facebook right now. It mines our data and sells it to the highest bidder. Its CEO thinks that everyone has a place on it, even Holocaust deniers.

It has been proven a powerful enough to sway elections and incite hate speech-driven campaigns across the globe, and worse yet, it can’t even close the doors well enough to keep its cesspool of negativity, dissent, and misinformation from spilling into the hands of a few clever hackers nearly every damn month.

Even the quote-unquote “Trump trolls” have had enough of the platform, according to an article by Buzzfeed News. Their solution? Why, LinkedIn, of course.

“Facebook banned me, they hate me. But that’s all good — I started posting on LinkedIn and everybody is following me,” said Alex Lacayo of Miami, who works in the lending industry when not churning out pro-Trump memes or promoting cannabis oil on LinkedIn.

If Facebook doesn’t work, turn to other social platforms

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Yes, it seems that Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to crack down on political tomfoolery and fake news sites like Infowars moving forward has hit hyperpartisan Trump supporters the hardest of all — at least, that’s what they’ll tell you. And with their platforms to unabashedly post memes about fluoride turning the frogs gay ever-shrinking, many users have shifted their focus to LinkedIn to continue spreading the word.

Take “Brooke” here for instance:

Another of the eight Trump boosters on LinkedIn who spoke to BuzzFeed News said she also left Facebook for LinkedIn. “I have probably been sharing political information on LinkedIn for about a year and a half. I shut down my Facebook account because I did not want to deal with the haters; and because I want nothing to do with Zuckerberg or anything he controls,” said Brooke, who asked that her full name not be used, in a LinkedIn message.

In case you’re wondering, no, “Brooke” is totally not a bot. I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life. How dare you insinuate otherwise. I repeat: Not. A. Bot.

Will LinkedIn become like Facebook?

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Luckily, it looks like LinkedIn has already begun (if not entirely effectively) taking proactive steps to squash this trend before things get out of control. As editor-in-chief, Daniel Roth said last year on the Recode: Media podcast

“It is very hard to input any kind of fake news on LinkedIn. You can share it, but it won’t go wide. When people start talking about politics, you will see this flood of comments beneath what they are writing, saying, ‘This isn’t Facebook, please don’t put that here — this is LinkedIn, please talk about business.”

So basically, LinkedIn will either fail in its efforts to block the flood of fake news and become the next Facebook, or a whole lot of MAGA chuds will soon set fire to their computers in a failed attempt at protest. Should be fun.

Have you noticed a surge in political commentary on LinkedIn? Do you even go on LinkedIn? Let us know in the comments.

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Writer. Editor. Barelyknewer. Hate mail can be directed to j j o n e s @ k a r s f o r k i d s d o t e a r t h l i n k

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