Facebook and Twitter have long been criticized for their refusal to remove intentionally false information from their platform. While Twitter flags and removes users who bully other users, they’ve long allowed Donald Trump to get away with the same behavior. And despite rampant use of the platform to promote false news stories during the 2016 election, Facebook is often accused of doing little to fix the problem.
Over the last week, a video has surfaced on both platforms that is doctored to make Nancy Pelosi look bad. As of right now, Facebook and Twitter have refused calls to pull the video down from their sites.
The video has to do with Pelosi’s viral moment where she tore up a copy of the President’s State of the Union address. The video is doctored to make it look like the Speaker of the House tore up the speech after Trump honored Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee.
Pelosi’s Chief of Staff, Drew Hammill tweeted, “The American people know that the President has no qualms about lying to them – but it is a shame to see Twitter and Facebook, sources of news for millions, do the same.”
Hammill continued, “The latest fake video of Speaker Pelosi is deliberately designed to mislead and lie to the American people, and every day that these platforms refuse to take it down is another reminder that they care more about their shareholders’ interests than the public’s interests.”
So far, Hammill’s calls for the video to be removed from the site have been ignored.