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Twitter Suspends Users for Naming Alleged Whistleblower

Twitter has suspended or forced users to delete tweets naming the alleged whistleblower who sparked the presidential impeachment inquiry, while stating that it isnt company policy to do so.

Several Twitter users said their accounts were suspended for posting the name. One said Twitter later messaged him saying the suspension was “an error.”

A Twitter spokeswoman told Breitbart: “Per the private information policy, any Tweets that include personally identifiable information about any individual, including the alleged whistleblower, would be in violation of the Twitter Rules.”

The spokeswoman said posting the name of the person isnt against the rules.

Screenshots from a number of users confirm they were suspended for tweets they posted that included the name, and Twitter said it was reviewing what happened in those cases.

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A mobile phone screen displays the icons for the social networking apps Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on March 22, 2018. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

Many other accounts that have posted the name havent been suspended.

The situation with Twitter unfolded after YouTube and Facebook both said theyd delete posts that included the name of the whistleblower.

In a statement on Nov. 8, Facebook said that “any mention of the potential whistleblowers 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 whistleblowers name and will revisit this decision, should their name be widely published in the media or used by public figures in debate.”

A YouTube spokesperson told CNN that videos mentioning the name of the alleged whistleblower would be removed; the company would be using machine learning and human reviewers to find and remove the content.

Facebook is now claiming that journalism is a crime that could cause harm

They have deleted my post about the whistleblower specifically discussing the importance of journalists disclosing this information

Pic 1 and 2: Removal notice
Pic 3: Section from deleted article pic.twitter.com/ZKT8JRCBU4

— Tim Pool (@Timcast) November 9, 2019

Independent journalist Tim Pool mentioned the name in an Oct. 31 video that racked up nearly 300,000 views befRead More – Source

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