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Facebook bars content claiming to name Trump impeachment whistleblower

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc. FB.O is
taking down any content that claims to name the anonymous
whistleblower who ignited an impeachment inquiry into U.S.
President Donald Trump, the social network said on Friday.

The company’s statement follows right-wing Breitbart News
publication of an article that said it identified the
whistleblower.

Breitbart, which former Trump adviser Steve Bannon once
headed, reported that Facebook users attempting to view the
article received a message saying the content was not available,
and administrators of its Facebook page began receiving
notifications on Wednesday evening that its page is “at risk of
being unpublished.”

“Any mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates
our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content ‘outing of
witness, informant, or activist,'” the company said in a
statement, initially provided in response to Breitbart.

“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.”

The whistleblower, a U.S. intelligence official who
complained about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukraine
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has in recent days become a
target of attacks by Trump, his allies in Congress and the
conservative media, who have pushed for the person to be
publicly identified.

Breitbart is one of the top-performing publishers on
Facebook and was recently designated as an official Facebook
News partner. Facebook said in response to critcism of that
decision that Breitbart is an unpaid partner, unlike some
outlets in the section.


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