UPDATED 3:25 PM PT — Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Facebook is facing a new lawsuit over censorship following its decision to allegedly remove posts which name the alleged whistleblower. Tuesday reports said a law school student accused the social media platform of deleting three of his posts naming the alleged informant without any explanation.
The student claimed he wanted to test whether Facebook was blocking posts that mention the rumored whistleblower’s name, whether with praise or negativity.
Facebook stated any mention of the name violates its ‘Coordinating Harm Policy,’ which prohibits content that may out an informant. A spokesperson reiterated the company’s standpoint on Tuesday.
“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,” stated the spokesperson.
This comes amid other social media blocks on the whistleblower’s name. Last week, One America’s Neil W. McCabe was locked out of his Twitter account after tweeting his report from the alleged whistleblower’s home.
Recent reports said Wikipedia has also been censoring the name. They have reportedly deleted any mention of the name ‘Eric Ciaramella’ from impeachment-related articles. Wikipedia editors previously attempted to reference reports of Ciaramella being identified as the alleged whistleblower. The site’s administrators also marked draft pages about Ciaramella as so-called ‘attack pages,’ despite their previous classification as ‘neutral.’
Ciaramella is a registered Democrat who previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan. His name has been tossed around on social media platforms for weeks and is known by many on Capitol Hill.