Publicado: Lun, Noviembre 11, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Facebook To Remove 'Any And All' Mention Of Trump Whistleblower's Identity

Facebook To Remove 'Any And All' Mention Of Trump Whistleblower's Identity

Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who triggered a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Exposing whistleblowers can be legally dubious, even for a president.

The whistleblower has been under fire after having listening in to President Trump's now-infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Following Facebook's announcement, YouTube also confirmed to CNN that it would remove content that mentioned the alleged whistleblower's name in the title, the description, or the video itself.

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

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. (It's not clear that the person named in those articles is actually the whistleblower, either.) In a statement, Facebook concurred.

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Numerous news outlets began published the name of the person believed to be the whistleblower, days prior to Facebook's new policy. Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough argued that Owens tweet and others did not violate that policy because the tweets did not share the supposed whistleblower's home addresses, contact information or financial details. For one thing, doing so could be a violation of federal law. "But, she added, there could be other possible legal recourse", Washington Post reported.

A YouTube spokesperson said videos mentioning the potential whistleblower's name would also be removed. That post now has more than 15,000 retweets. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

However, despite Twitter's statement that said "personally identifiable information about any individual, including the alleged whistleblower" is prohibited from sharing, several posts containing the whistleblower's name were reported to be circulating on Friday.

This is not the first time Twitter and Facebook diverged on important policies. Facebook said in response to criticism of that decision that Breitbart is an unpaid partner, unlike some outlets in the section. Twitter recently announced it would ban political ads, while Facebook both allows them and permits politicians to lie and mislead in them, exempting this form of political speech from the platform's fact-checking process.

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