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Technology Facebook, YouTube delete posts claiming to name Ukraine whistleblower

03:15  09 november  2019
03:15  09 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Whistleblower complaint about Trump delivered to Congress

  Whistleblower complaint about Trump delivered to Congress A whistleblower's complaint about President Donald Trump's communications with Ukraine was hand delivered Wednesday afternoon to Capitol Hill for lawmakers to review. © poolSen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he has started to read the document but declined to give his initial thoughts. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Members of the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee are also reviewing the documents.

content claiming to name the person who initially filed the complaint claiming the president violated his of the name , while lawyers for the whistleblower argue that publishing a potential name puts that person at CNN reports that Facebook and YouTube have decided to remove posts with the name

Facebook on Wednesday took down ads naming the whistleblower after critics questioned the company's ability to enforce its policies. The ads were viewed several hundred thousand times, according to The Washington Post . Facebook 's decision affects all posts on the site, not just ads.

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.

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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. CNN reports that Facebook and YouTube have decided to remove posts with the name, while Twitter -- where US House Rep. Matt Gaetz and Donald Trump Jr. have shared posts with the name -- says it is not against the rules. With public hearings on the matter scheduled to start next week, this is unlikely to go away anytime soon.

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GOP Congressman Called Out for Tweeting Photos of Man He Claims Is the Whistleblower .
Republican Rep. Steve King tweeted four photos he claimed depicted the Ukraine whistleblower, philanthropist Alexander Soros.Twitter users quickly took King to task for claiming the whistleblower was Alexander Soros, the son of billionaire George Soros and a board member of his philanthropic organization, the Open Society Foundations.

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