Facebook reportedly bans mentions of White House whistleblower's name

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They say that any post containing the name violates their "coordinating harm" policy, according to KFGO. (It's not clear that the person named in those articles is actually the whistleblower, either.) In a statement, Facebook concurred. When Breitbart's Facebook subscribers reported to site administrators that their attempts to read the article were dead-ended when they were served messages saying that the content was unavailable.

"Any mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content 'outing of 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 the media or used by public figures in debate", said a spokesperson.

"We ... now know the name of the whistleblower", Sen.

President Trump and several fellow Republicans have recently stepped up calls for the whistleblower's identity to be revealed in public, over objections from the whistleblower's attorneys, who claim the publicity would risk their client's safety.

President Donald Trump is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rival Joe Biden.

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.

The last part to Facebook's statement suggests the ban may not last for long. The Washington Post and the New York Times have said that they are refraining from naming the whistleblower, and other mainstream news outlets also have not made such disclosures. Yet it seemed that the Conservatives are up to doing just the opposite as they are surfacing the name growingly since Friday as Donald Trump Jr., the President's son tweeted out his name.

"The whistleblower is a disgrace to our country". On the other hand, Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, said in an interview Friday that the individual's identity was not particularly relevant. A combination of machine learning and human review will be used to remove content which is stated to affect the titles, description of the videos and the actual content.

The official confirmed that the policy only applies to content posted directly onto Facebook's platform, meaning posts from users and articles which mention the name will be removed.

Amid all this, a false claim about the identity of the whistleblower has also been circulating online.