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The Breitbart post naming the potential whistleblower was reportedly flagged by Facebook for being "at risk of being unpublished," and users trying to click through Facebook to the article were served a message saying the content was unavailable, Reuters said.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

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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.

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