YouTube removes video of Rand Paul naming alleged whistleblower on Senate floor

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YouTube has removed a video of Rand Paul using the name of alleged Ukraine whistleblower Eric Ciaramella on the Senate floor, saying it contravened its community guidelines.

“We’ve removed hundreds of videos and over ten thousand comments that contained the name. Video uploaders have the option to edit their videos to exclude the name and reupload,” Ivy Choi, a spokeswoman, told Politico.

Ciaramella, 33, is a career CIA analyst and was the Ukraine director on the National Security Council from 2016 until the summer of 2017.

Paul read the name on the Senate floor earlier this month after U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts declined to read a question, including the name, during the trial itself.

“It is a chilling and disturbing day in America when giant web companies such as YouTube decide to censure speech,” Paul said after the clip was removed. “Now, even…

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