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Sneaky online censorship move by Shell Climate Change VP John MacArthur

Sneaky online censorship move by Shell Climate Change VP John MacArthur

When I revisited MacArthur’s Linkedin page yesterday, I discovered that all trace of his remarks and the adverse comments they had attracted have vanished.

By John Donovan

John MacArthur leads Shell’s Group Carbon strategy, climate change and energy policy and carbon innovation. See screenshot below downloaded on 06 Nov 2020 from here

John is not having a good week.

A few days ago he posted comments on his Linkedin page promoting Shell’s new climate change campaign on social media.

His timing could not have been worse.

The social media initiative, in which he played a key role, backfired spectacularly.

Instead of generating discussion about climate change, it ignited a firestorm of criticism against Shell from climate change campaigners including Greta Thunberg.

The Twitter hullabaloo resulted in a flood of news media articles e.g.

‘Greenwashing’ and ‘dirty tricks’: Shell sparks fierce backlash with emissions tweet

His own posting on Linkedin attracted strong adverse comments, including from a former Shell leader/guru, Hans Bouman.

When I revisited MacArthur’s Linkedin page yesterday, I discovered that all trace of his remarks and the adverse comments they had attracted have vanished.

This act on his part can fairly be described as sneaky censorship not only of his own comments but also the controversial views they attracted in response by climate change sceptics.

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An email was sent to John MacArthur at Shell supplying a copy of the above article with an invitation to point out any inaccuracy and/or provide comment to be added on an unedited basis. If the email did reach him, he has not taken up either invitation. No email has been returned at the time of publication as undelivered. Any reply received from him after the publication of the above article will be published here.

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