When Facebook first came around, it was an excellent tool for communicating with your loved ones. Now, it’s just gone over the deep end.
Since not long after the 2016 election, they have turned into almost a thought police of sorts. It’s not just political stuff. I have an associate of mine who was on a Facebook group dedicated to MMA when a post of a still image from a UFC event got flagged for sexual content. I mean, really?
That being said, if they are going to be that petty about something so minor, imagine how they are going to be when it comes to something that actually matters like the name of the whistleblower.
Facebook said on Friday that it will remove content that purports to name the individual who made a whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
In a statement to several news outlets and reporters, Facebook said that “any mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content ‘outing of witness, informant, or activist.’”
It added: “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, who is said to be a U.S. intelligence official, complained about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Republicans have called on the whistleblower to be identified, while some senators have suggested that the individual may have to testify.
The company’s statement followed the publication of an article from Breitbart News, which said it identified the whistleblower.
Administrators of Breitbart’s Facebook page said they got notifications on Wednesday from Facebook, saying that the page is “at risk of being unpublished.”
“To be clear, Breitbart did not ‘out’ the alleged whistleblower but did provide additional relevant reporting about him; he is, after all, a public figure, having served on the National Security Council,” the report said.
President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday tweeted a link to a Breitbart story that had the name of the alleged whistleblower.