Facebook have recently announced that it would ban the content of the anonymous whistleblower who sparked a presidential impeachment inquiry, with Facebook saying it violates rules against coordinating harm on the platform.
The decision follows Facebook’s earlier choice to remove ads featuring the name — which Republican political figures, including Donald Trump, Jr. have publicized on Twitter.
Following Facebook’s announcement, YouTube also confirmed to CNN that it would remove content that mentioned the alleged whistleblower’s name in the title, the description, or the video itself. Conversely, a Twitter spokesperson told CNN that tweeting the name didn’t violate its rules.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “Any mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content outing of witness, informant, or activist. 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.”
A search for the name on Facebook found only a handful of results.