Facebook Bars Content Claiming To Name Impeachment Whistleblower

Facebook Bars Content Claiming To Name Impeachment Whistleblower
A spokesperson for Facebook said the site would​ revisit the decision in the future if the whistleblower's situation changes.

Facebook has announced that it will take down any content that claims to name the anonymous whistleblower at the center of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

The move comes after far-right outlet Breitbart posted articles on Facebook earlier this week that claimed to reveal the name of the whistleblower. The site said that by Wednesday, Facebook users were blocked from viewing the posts.

A spokesperson for Facebook said in a statement: "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."

An attorney for the whistleblower pushed for the continued anonymity of his client in a tweet earlier this week: "Identifying any suspected name for the whistleblower will place that individual and their family at risk of serious harm. ... Disclosure of any name undermines the integrity of the whistleblower system and will deter any future whistleblowers."

Youtube said on Friday that it would also remove any videos mentioning the alleged whistleblower's name, using a combination of human review and machine learning to clear the content.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.