Face­book is cen­sor­ing the name of the po­ten­tial Ukraine ‘whistle­blower’

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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