Facebook Says It Will Remove Posts Naming Impeachment Whistleblower

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Last year, after former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie came forward with allegations his employer illegally harvested data from the platform under Facebook's nose, he received a swift ban.

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.

Facebook says it is removing "any and all mention of the potential whistleblower's name" from its platform.

After Breitbart News had several social media posts about the whistleblower removed from Facebook this week, the social network announced in a statement, "Any mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content 'outing of witness, informant, or activist'".

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While the first was later deleted, the second quickly reached a wide audience, retweeted or liked about a hundred thousand times. 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.

Owens reiterated the words of President Trump who called the whistleblower "close to a spy".

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

"Per our private information policy, any Tweets that include personally identifiable information about any individual, including the alleged whistleblower, would be in violation of the Twitter Rules", said company spokeswoman Katie Rosborough. Some right-leaning news outlets have cited a name they say is the whistleblower. 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. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. Facebook said in response to criticism of that decision that Breitbart is an unpaid partner, unlike some outlets in the section. That person's identity was not disclosed by intelligence officials because of federal laws created to detect whistleblowers from retaliation. The ads were taken down by Facebook on Wednesday following the newspaper's probe. The decision follows Facebook's earlier choice to remove ads featuring the name - which Republican political figures, including Donald Trump, Jr., have publicized on Twitter.

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