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Politics Facebook bars content claiming to name Trump impeachment whistleblower

23:20  08 november  2019
23:20  08 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Facebook reportedly bans mentions of White House whistleblower's name

  Facebook reportedly bans mentions of White House whistleblower's name YouTube has taken a similar approach to videos mentioning the person.The White House whistleblower wrote a nine-page complaint in July that alleged senior officials tried to "lock down" the details of Trump's phone call over the summer with Ukraine's president. During the phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump brought up the prospect of an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). is taking down any content that claims to name the anonymous whistleblower who ignited an impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump , the social network said on Friday. The company's statement follows right-wing Breitbart News'

Washington (AFP) — President Donald Trump ’s son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump , breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc. is taking down any content that claims to name the anonymous whistleblower who ignited an impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump, the social network said on Friday.

a person standing in front of a sign: FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of a Facebook logo© Reuters/Dado Ruvic FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of a Facebook logo

The company's statement follows right-wing Breitbart News' publication of an article that said it identified the whistleblower.

Breitbart, which former Trump adviser Steve Bannon once headed, reported that Facebook users attempting to view the article received a message saying the content was not available, and administrators of its Facebook page began receiving notifications on Wednesday evening that its page is "at risk of being unpublished."

Facebook, YouTube delete posts claiming to name Ukraine whistleblower

  Facebook, YouTube delete posts claiming to name Ukraine whistleblower There's an impeachment inquiry taking place against Donald Trump, which started with a whistleblower complaint about conduct on a call with officials in the Ukraine. Outlets like Breitbart have published content claiming to name the person who initially filed the complaint claiming the president violated his oath of office. Now the latest free speech flashpoint for social networks is whether or not to allow the spread and amplification of the name, while lawyers for the whistleblower argue that publishing a potential name puts that person at risk.

"The whistleblower should be revealed because the whistleblower gave false information," Trump told reporters on Sunday. Rand Paul, a Republican senator from Kansas, on Tuesday tweeted a link to an article from a right-wing news outlet that claims to have identified the whistleblower .

Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who triggered a congressional impeachment The company said that mention of the potential whistleblower ’s name violates Facebook ’s “coordinating harm policy,” which prohibits

"Any mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content 'outing of witness, informant, or activist,'" the company said in a statement, initially provided in response to Breitbart.

"We are removing any and all mentions of the potential whistleblower's name and will revisit this decision should their name be widely published in the media or used by public figures in debate."

The whistleblower, a U.S. intelligence official who complained about Trump's July 25 telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has in recent days become a target of attacks by Trump, his allies in Congress and the conservative media, who have pushed for the person to be publicly identified.

Breitbart is one of the top-performing publishers on Facebook and was recently designated as an official Facebook News partner. Facebook said in response to criticism of that decision that Breitbart is an unpaid partner, unlike some outlets in the section.

(Reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Lindsey Graham: Impeachment inquiry is 'invalid' without whistleblower's testimony .
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham asserted Sunday that the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is "invalid" unless the identity of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked House Democrats' probe is revealed.Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham asserted Sunday that the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is "invalid" unless the identity of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked House Democrats' probe is revealed.

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