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LinkedIn reinstates Air Force vet’s post after wrongfully calling it ‘hate speech,’ apologizes

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LinkedIn reinstated an Air Force veteran’s post and apologized after wrongfully accusing her of violating the platform’s hate speech policy.

“Freedom has been secured with our blood, sweat, lives and tears,” the veteran, Gretchen Smith, told Fox News. “Every American has an obligation to guard our freedoms.”

“I’m grateful LinkedIn reinstated our account,” she added. “Now we are able to resume specializing in veterans in crisis/need.”

Gretchen Smith joined the Air Force, rising from poverty to finish her college education
(Gretchen Smith)

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Smith on Thursday shared her story on LinkedIn about rising from poverty to holding 4 college degrees after serving within the Air Force. She wrote that she is “not accountable for your student debt.”

LinkedIn removed her post and restricted her account.

The post “goes against our policy on hate speech,” LinkedIn told Smith, based on a screenshot she shared.

Smith appealed, and LinkedIn reinstated the post.

“We confirmed your content doesn’t violate our policies,” a LinkedIn representative told Smith in a message. “We apologize for the error, your content is now back on LinkedIn.”

Gretchen Smith

Gretchen Smith
(Gretchen Smith)

Smith’s account, nevertheless, had been restricted because she was using a private page fairly than a bunch page for her nonprofit, Code of Vets, the LinkedIn representative said. The organization goals to make use of social media to assist veterans in crisis or need, based on its website.

“We recognize there could also be times after we do not get it right and we provide the choice to appeal a call should you feel content was removed in error,” the representative said.

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A LinkedIn spokesperson responded to Fox News with the identical information 24 hours after being asked to comment.

“The profile name on this case doesn’t follow our policies and we are able to reinstate her account as soon as she’s made the adjustments to her profile,” the spokesperson, Greg Snapper, told Fox News.

Smith agreed to modify the page to a bunch account, and LinkedIn lifted the restriction.

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