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Technology Facebook reportedly bans mentions of White House whistleblower's name

02:25  09 november  2019
02:25  09 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Facebook says it is removing mentions of the alleged whistleblower ' s name and will revisit the decision if the name is widely published in the media or used by public figures in debate. On Twitter, though, the alleged whistleblower ' s name circulated widely on Friday. The company does not have a

Facebook says it is removing mentions of the whistleblower ' s name and will revisit this decision if the name is widely published U.S. whistleblower laws exist to protect the identity and careers of people who bring forward accusations Not all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House .

Facebook is removing posts that name the whistleblower involved in the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, Reuters reported Friday, a move that follows publication of a story by Breitbart News that claims to identify the person. Similarly, Google-owned YouTube is removing videos that mention the name of the potential whistleblower, as CNN reported earlier.

Facebook is reportedly removing posts that identify the White House whistleblower by name. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Facebook is reportedly removing posts that identify the White House whistleblower by name. Angela Lang/CNET

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.

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A Facebook spokesperson confirmed on Friday that the platform would ban “any and all mentions of the Facebook Plans to Remove ‘Any and All Mentions of the Potential Whistleblower ’ s Name ’ from The attorneys prosecuting former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn were

The company said that mention of the potential whistleblower ’ s name violates Facebook ’s Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as Jennifer Williams is one of several White House aides who were listening in on a July phone call

The revelation led to an impeachment inquiry being launched.

The Breitbart post naming the potential whistleblower was reportedly flagged by Facebook for being "at risk of being unpublished," and users trying to click through Facebook to the article were served a message saying the content was unavailable, Reuters said.

"Any mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content 'outing of witness, informant or activist,'" Facebook told Breitbart and Reuters in a statement. "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."

Trump criticizes supposed second whistleblower

  Trump criticizes supposed second whistleblower President Trump took aim at a second unnamed intelligence official who is reportedly considering filing a complaint against Trump and testifying before Congress about the president's contacts with Ukraine's president on Saturday.Trump tweeted that the official, whose identity remains a secret, was a member of the "deep state" conspiracy he has argued is working to undermine his presidency.

Facebook says it will ban publicizing the name of a CIA officer linked to the whistleblower complaint that’s sparked a Trump impeachment inquiry, citing 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

"Any mention of the potential whistleblower ’ s name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content 'outing a witness, informant, or activist. 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

a close up of a blue background: Facebook is reportedly removing posts that identify the White House whistleblower by name.© CNET

Facebook is reportedly removing posts that identify the White House whistleblower by name.

YouTube told CNN it would use machine learning and human review to find and remove any such content.

Facebook and Twitter didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Google confirmed to CNET that YouTube is removing posts that mention the name of the potential 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.

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