Facebook is deleting the name of the potential whistleblower

Facebook is deleting the name of the potential whistleblower

Similarly, Google-owned YouTube is removing videos that mention the name of the potential whistleblower, as CNN reported earlier.

Breitbart is one of the top-performing publishers on Facebook and was recently designated as an official Facebook News partner.

The company confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that mention of the possible ID violates Facebook's "coordinating harm policy", which prohibits material that could identify a "witness, informant or activist".

Saagar Enjeti, Chief Washington Correspondent for The Hill, also tweeted the alleged whistleblower's name.

While Facebook appears to be clinging to principle in the case of Ukrainegate, the company has faced criticism for its approach to whistleblowers in the past. However, the company said it was also removing identifying posts on the whistleblower from Breitbart.

Republicans have called on the whistleblower to be identified, while some senators have suggested that the individual may have to testify. But the company's policy on such information does not consider a person's name to be private information.

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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. Lawmakers in both parties have historically backed those protections.

CNN reports that Facebook and YouTube have chose to remove posts with the name, while Twitter - where US House Rep. Matt Gaetz and Donald Trump Jr.

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

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 has banned "any mention" of the potential Trump administration whistleblower's name on its social network, including links to news articles which could indicate the whistleblower's identity.

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