Facebook, YouTube delete posts claiming to name Ukraine whistleblower

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Facebook Bans ‘Any Mention of Potential Whistleblower’s Name,’ Removes Links to Articles Divulging Identity

In a statement to several news outlets and reporters, Facebook said that "any mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content 'outing of witness, informant, or activist'".

The whistleblower's attorney sent the White House a cease and desist letter demanding the president stop calling for the release of the whistleblower's name on Friday, as well as using threatening language in reaction to their existence. Exposing whistleblowers can be legally dubious, even for a president. The US President also inferred something really wild by saying that in the old days' people were brutal with spies and that now things are handled differently.

The House passed a resolution last week to move forward on the inquiry on whether Trump tried to solicit help from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, along with Ukrainian company Burisma.

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Twitter defended its decision to allow the sharing of the Central Intelligence Agency officer's name, despite acknowledgement that such tweets might violate Twitter's policies.

A YouTube spokesperson said videos mentioning the potential whistleblower's name would also be removed.

Twitter, however, said that mentioning the name of the person believed to be the whistleblower is not a violation of its rules and tweets doing so would not be scrubbed from the platform. Jr, tweeted a Breitbart article which earlier this week allegedly named the whistleblower as Republicans and the president increased attempts to make the whistleblower known. That category does include such details as a person's address, contact information or medical records. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. They allow name, birthdate or employment of a person, as well as descriptions of a person's physical appearance and gossip, rumors, accusations, and allegations.

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The news outlet said that Facebook users who were trying to view the report received a message that it wasn't available. The revelations resulted in criticism regarding whether someone whose identity is meant to be protected under federal law should be published. "To that end, I am deeply troubled with Facebook seeking to profit from advertising that would place someone in harm's way".

This is not the first issue on which Twitter and Facebook have split. The ads were taken down by Facebook on Wednesday following the newspaper's probe.

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