Facebook deletes posts with Ukraine whistleblower's name; Twitter says no rules violated

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For example, on Wednesday evening, Facebook removed Breitbart posts reporting on the fact other respected news outlets have reported the identity of the alleged whistleblower is Eric Ciaramella.

Facebook and Youtube blocked references to the supposed whistleblower's name and images under the policy against "coordinating harm".

The social media giant made the announcement in a statement to CNN.

In response to a request for comment from The Washington Post, Owens called the whistleblower "a treasonous spy with deep ties to the Democrats".

Trump and his allies have attacked the whistleblower and called for that person to come forward, while Sen. Days earlier, the President himself called for the anonymous USA official to be unmasked.

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

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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.

The company's statement followed the publication of an article from Breitbart News, which said it identified the whistleblower. That category does include such details as a person's address, contact information or medical records. There is a permit for sharing information that is publicly available elsewhere, in a non-abusive manner.

Responding to the buzz around Donald Trump Jr. and Owen's tweets, Twitter defended its decision to allow the sharing of the Central Intelligence Agency officer's name, despite acknowledgment that such tweets might violate Twitter's policies. 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.

While whistleblowers enjoy protections under federal law created to encourage government employees to report wrongdoing without fear of retaliation, Heidi Kitrosser, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, said those protections would not prohibit private individuals from seeking to unmask a whistleblower.

Breitbart has joined several conservative news outlets in attempting to spread the name of the whistleblower after becoming the first media outlet to releasing the individual's alleged name. Last week, Twitter said it is banning all political ads from its service, in sharp contrast to Facebook, which continues to defend running paid political ads, even false ones, as a free speech priority. The ads were taken down by Facebook on Wednesday following the newspaper's probe.

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