The latest news spreading up on the internet sheds light to new actions of Facebook and YouTube. On Friday, both of the social media platforms have stated that they are removing any contents which mentioned the potential whistleblower in their post. The action is taken as an aftermath of the whistleblower’s complaint, which sparked inquiry into President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
According to the statements of Facebook’s spokesperson, “Any mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content’ outing of witness, informant, or activist,”
Currently, there is an impeachment probe going on against US President Donald Trump. This inquiry was initiated as an action on the complaint by a whistleblower on the conduct of President Trump on a call with the officials in Ukraine.
There are rumored copies of the complaint, which claims that the president’s actions violated the oath of office. Several sources have published this alleged complaint claiming it to be the whistleblower.
After these incidents, the point of attention on social media and other platforms are whether the name of the potential person who filed the complaint should be revealed and spread, or should it be kept a secret. The lawyers on behalf of the whistleblower are against publishing the name of the person. Their side of the argument is that revealing the name of the person will lead him to troubles and put him in risk.
CNN reports that even though Facebook and YouTube have determined to remove posts with the name of the whistleblower, Twitter is not likely to take the same stand. The US House Rep. Matt Gaetz and Donald Trump Jr. have shared posts with the name because it supposedly does not violate Twitter user policies. The public hearings on the matter are scheduled to start next week the stand of public platforms on the issue does matter a lot.
The Facebook spokesperson also added, “We are removing any 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 the debate.” in the latest reply on this topic.
Additionally, a spokesperson from YouTube has also mentioned that videos citing the potential whistleblower’s name would be removed from YouTube’s platform. YouTube has disclosed that the company will be using manpower and AI’s help to review the contents on the platform and will be filtering and removing the contents which mentioned the whistleblower. The removals would be affecting the titles and descriptions of videos as well as the video’s actual content.
But Twitter’s stand on this issue is different from YouTube and Facebook. Twitter’s officials have stated that they would not be taking any action on this issue for now, since mentioning a name on the Tweet does not go against Twitter’s policies. Thus, Twitter, in no way, would be accessing the users’ content on the whistleblower.
Some base level media have reported news claiming to know the whistleblower and have revealed the name, but no international or high-level news organisations have announced it so far.
The whistleblower is becoming a trending topic on social media. Since US President is the central theme of the issue, this is sure to become the talk of the town for a while.