Last week, a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi was widely shared by conservatives over social media channels. The video, slowed down to make the Speaker of the House seem drunk, racked up over 1 million views.
While Pelosi did not immediately comment on the doctored video, she discussed the topic with KQED News. According to the Speaker, Facebook’s refusal to remove the video shows that the company still refuses to take disinformation seriously.
When asked about the video, Pelosi responded:
“We have said all along, ‘Poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians.’ I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it’s wrong. They’re lying to the public. . . . I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election.”
The Speaker of the House also wondered if sexism had something to do with Facebook’s inaction:
“For me, I’m in the arena, I’ve been the target all along. I wonder what they would do if [Facebook chief executive] Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t portrayed, you know, slowed down, made to look” drunk, she said. If it was “one of their own, would this be — is this their policy? Or is it just a woman?”
While Youtube removed the fake video, Facebook has, thus far, refused to do so. The company explained in a statement, “We don’t have a policy that stipulates that the information you post on Facebook must be true.”
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