Facebook threatens to BAN pages mentioning Eric Ciaramella

Facebook threatens to BAN pages mentioning Eric Ciaramella

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We reported last night that LaCorte News and several other Facebook pages owned by Bivona Digital – totaling 3.1 million followers – were locked, not allowing our journalists to post stories or breaking news. Facebook also threatened to completely eliminate the pages unless the unnamed violations were stopped.

At the time we weren't sure whether the crackdown was due to our reporting the name of alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella or not. It was.

Outlets including Breitbart News, The Gateway Pundit, and others – pages affecting more than 8 million followers in total – all report they got the same warnings they were violating community standards in reporting Ciaramella's name.

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Facebook has since given a public statement: "Any mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content “outing of witness, informant, or activist.” 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."

LaCorte News reached out to Facebook at the time of our threatened takedown, but has not yet received a response.

So although Ciaramella's name has been included in official government transcripts released by Adam Schiff and tweeted out in a news story by Donald Trump, Jr, it's still off-limits on Facebook. Outlets including The Washington Examiner, Heavy.com, and the chief Washington correspondent for The Hill have all reported his name as well.

In short: Reporting accurately on a news story about a public figure whose name was in the Mueller Report, and in transcripts released by House Democrats this week is being censored by Facebook.

In our case, the takedown threat looked like this:

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Most of the posts that were flagged weren't visible, and we had no way to know what "Violating Community Standards" meant. The only posts that are visibly flagged link to this video:

The Gateway Pundit received similar warnings:

Instpundit also reported that readers who tried reposting the offending articles also got threats that they'd be taken down.

 

As a reminder: It's not against the law for anyone to name the whistleblower. In threatening to ban those who do, Facebook's taking a definite stand against reporters doing their jobs (the few who are, anyway).

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