Is Facebook banning mention of Eric Ciaramella? Or something else?

Is Facebook banning mention of Eric Ciaramella? Or something else?

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UPDATE: Since this was written, Facebook has admitted that it has banned all mentions of "Eric Ciaramella" across its site. Other outlets have reported receiving similar threats to ban their pages. Full article here.

Yesterday was a stressful day.

I woke up to find myself and our staff locked out from posting anything to our LaCorte News Facebook page and four other pages we run, which have a total of 3.1 million followers.

The pages still existed but were frozen because we evidently violated "community standards" on a handful of posts. We put up about 25 stories and videos per day. Unfortunately, Facebook doesn't A) identify which posts were the problem, B) tell you which standards you violated, or C) have any way to speak to a human.

One intriguing clue: The only post we were able to identify showed an image of me discussing the background of Eric Ciaramella, the alleged "whistleblower" who kicked off the impeachment inquiry. Ah-ha! For a moment, it seemed clear that Facebook was joining the media blackout of this man's name. Yet not all of our Ciaramella posts were deleted.

(You can see watch video "5 things to know ..." on YouTube, as well as another about the press being afraid to mention the guy's name. I'm getting more comfortable in front of the camera, something new for me.)

So: Was it Facebook policy? People "flagging" the posts to trigger Facebook to remove them? Or something else?

A clue: Late in the day we got an email, supposedly from Facebook, which said we violated copyright law. But a close look at that email showed it was a scam, designed to get us to appeal the process and give the scammers our password in the process. They'd even set up a fake page on Facebook.

We emailed Facebook for some clarity and have yet to get a response, BUT some of our "violations" started disappearing. We can now update our pages, but still have a few "strikes" against us and can't earn any money off of our videos there.

We're hopeful it'll be cleared up soon ... unless there's another twist.

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