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Behind the Linkedin Curtains: What We’re Not Talking About

It’s intriguing how we seem to have an unspoken “agreement” that professional platforms like LinkedIn should remain untouched by discussions on the Palestinian occupation. Judging by the scarce – almost non-existent – posts related to the occupation in Palestine, save for a few from Western news outlets that, well, you know how they can be.

Is it that the platform is not the “right place” for such discourse? Is there a sterile space in social media? Or perhaps we shouldn’t mix business with ‘personal beliefs’? Our professional affiliations and industry ties often compel us to tread lightly on matters unrelated to our jobs.

To date, I’ve yet to see corporations openly take a stance or show support. Few individuals post about it either. And when they do, the comment section is often dominated by pro-occupation voices. Or perhaps I’m just not well-connected enough?

I’m secretly hoping to stumble upon a tech bro or sis spilling some enlightening beans on this issue. But no, instead, it’s an avalanche of ChatGPT tutorials, the A to Z of digital marketing, and the secret sauce for “viral” content. 

There’s a universe of vital topics to delve into. For instance, the role of social media during occupation times – how each side leverages platforms differently to disseminate information, fact-check, and rally support. *Final year students, jot this down for your thesis/dissertation ideas.*

And for the tech aficionados constantly buzzing about AI: there’s also that post on platform X featuring an AI-generated Bella Hadid video to sway opinions. Flagrantly false, it was promptly flagged by X’s community guidelines. (Honestly, that was a facepalm moment.) Lastly, let’s ponder how TikTok, indirectly through its platform, plays a role in fostering and amplifying inhumane trends that debase our shared humanity.

So come on, surprise us with a post that’s both impactful and meaningful. Challenge accepted?