A spokesperson for BuzzFeed declined to comment on the matter. Oakes, who does not report to the website’s U.S.-based science desk, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Critics pointed out that Communism as practiced by the Soviet Union, China and North Korea has led to the deaths of over 100 million people, according to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
It’s not the first time BuzzFeed has gotten into hot water over their editorial staff tweeting their open sympathy toward Communism.
A science editor at BuzzFeed UK raised a few eyebrows last week after some curious remarks about Communism.
“All I want for Christmas is full Communism now,” editor Kelly Oakes tweeted — before locking down her account after it was picked by right-wing media and the always ferocious James Woods.
The screenshots tell the story.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 17, 2017