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November 8, 2019 09:39 pm

Facebook bans naming alleged Trump impeachment whistleblower

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Facebook is removing content that potentially names the anonymous whistleblower who sparked a presidential impeachment inquiry, saying it violates rules against “coordinating harm” on the platform. The decision follows an earlier choice to remove ads featuring the name — which Republican political figures, including Donald Trump, Jr., have publicized on Twitter.

BuzzFeed reported attempts to spread the alleged whistleblower’s name earlier this week, confirming that Facebook would remove ads targeting them. BuzzFeed noted that the person, a former Obama administration staffer and current CIA officer, has been a target for conservative commentators since 2017. But recent articles by the conservative sites Real Clear Investigations and...

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