Menlo Park, Calif. (Newsweek) — Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad was banned from Facebook on Wednesday for posting the name of American CIA agent Eric Caramello, who is allegedly the Ukraine whistleblower at the center of efforts to impeach President Trump.
“Facebook takes freedom of speech so seriously that we allow politicians to lie on our platform, but we draw the line when they tell the truth,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the incident.
“Any mention of the potential whistle-blower’s name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content ‘outing of witness, informant, or activist,'” Zuckerberg said in a statement.
Caramello, who is heir to the Cadbury candy fortune in addition to being a true American hero, allegedly issued a statement through his representative, U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff, who is coincidentally leading the Trump impeachment inquiry.
“I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true,” Schiff said Caramello allegedly said. “I know many people disagree, but, in general, I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy.”