LaCorte News has been banned from Facebook

LaCorte News has been banned from Facebook

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Just days after announcing that they were scrubbing all mentions of the alleged Trump-Ukraine whistleblower's name, Facebook removed LaCorte News and a number of LaCorte-owned publications from its platform, citing “spam and misrepresentation.” Facebook, however, has yet to specify what rules, if any, LaCorte News violated.

The story: Last Friday, Facebook temporarily banned LaCorte News from the platform due to an unnamed violation of the platform's community standards.

We immediately reached out to Facebook to ask whether the ban was because of reporting on the whistleblower's identity but received no response. Soon it was revealed that Facebook had taken similar action against dozens of pages, mostly conservative, and later the company announced that "any and all mentions of the potential whistleblower's name" is forbidden on the platform.

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"Any mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content 'outing of witness, informant, or activists,'" Facebook said. "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."

After Facebook lifted the temporary ban, LaCorte News complied with the company's new rule and refrained from mentioning Eric Ciaramella as the alleged whistleblower.

The permanent ban came minutes after LaCorte News posted this final image on Facebook, when we were notified our page was unpublished.

“First Facebook temporarily suspended us for reporting the whistleblower’s name,” said founder Ken LaCorte. “We complied, and the suspension was lifted. Shortly after we posted an image about the blackout – with the whistleblower’s name obscured — the company wiped out all of our pages on Facebook, Instagram and the personal accounts of me and a number of the company’s writers and editors.”

“They said not to post his name, so we censored ourselves but still got wiped out,” said LaCorte. “We, an American news site, literally removed information about a central figure in the impeachment inquiry of a U.S. president to make Facebook happy. Evidently, that wasn’t enough. It’s Orwellian.”

The LaCorte-owned publications collectively had around 3.4 million followers on Facebook.

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Facebook ignored LaCorte News' repeated requests for an explanation about the ban, but a company spokesperson told Breitbart that it had removed LaCorte's pages due to “spam and misrepresentation” and for "financially motivated activities like spreading clickbait content." Facebook, however, did not provide specific examples of such activities.

“We routinely take action when we find violations of our Community Standards, including financially motivated activities like spreading clickbait content,” the spokesman told Breitbart. “In this case, we removed a number of these pages and accounts for violating our policies including against spam and misrepresentation.”

No mainstream media organization has yet officially confirmed the whistleblower's identity.

YouTube has also removed all of LaCorte's videos mentioning the alleged whistleblower's identity before announcing last Friday that it will be using machine learning and human review to censor any mention of the possible whistleblower's name.

LaCorte News was founded in 2018 by Ken LaCorte, a former senior executive at Fox News who ran FoxNews.com for over a decade.

Former Fox News Executive Editor and Executive Vice President John Moody is the site's editor-in-chief.

 

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