Facebook is censoring the name of the potential Ukraine ‘whistleblower’
Facebook says it is censoring the name of Eric Ciaramella, the person who has been identified by some media outlets as the “whistleblower” who triggered a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions.
The company said Friday that mention of Ciaramella’s name violates Facebook’s “coordinating harm policy,” which prohibits material that could identify a “witness, informant, or activist.”
Facebook says it is removing mentions of Ciaramella’s name and will revisit this decision if the name is widely published in the media or used by public figures in debate. The policy is not new. Facebook says it has been applying it to the whistleblower case and censoring Ciaramella’s name for a few days.
On Twitter, though, the alleged Ciaramella’s name was circulating widely on Friday. The company does not have a policy against identifying whistleblowers by name and is not removing the posts.
In a statement, Twitter said it prohibits the sharing of “personally identifiable information about any individual, including the alleged whistleblower.” But the company’s
policy on such information does not consider a person's name to be private information, a category that does include details such as a person's address, contact information or medical records.
This is not the first time Twitter and )acebook diverged on important policies. /ast week, Twitter said it is banning all political ads from its service, in sharp contrast to )acebook, which allows them.