Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Nancy Pelosi slams Facebook over doctored video that made her seem drunk

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Patty Aguilar | 30 May, 2019, 05:16

NANCY PELOSI has appeared in a doctored Facebook video that shows her slurring her speech and acting "drunk" but the social media site has refused to remove the fake video. "I think it's wrong".

'I was giving them the benefit of the doubt on Russian Federation - I thought it was unwitting- but clearly they were wittingly accomplices and enablers of false information across Facebook, ' she told The Commonwealth Club of California on Wednesday afternoon.

"We work with internationally certified fact-checking organizations that are independent from Facebook, and we think these are the right organizations to be making decisions about whether something is true or false", she continued.

That viewership has since more than doubled, with one version of the video now having more than 2.8 million views, 30,000 comments and 38,000 shares.

Pelosi's remarks show how tensions between Facebook and lawmakers continue to escalate as the social media giant struggles to combat misinformation on its platform while trying to balance safety with free speech.

The House Democrat leader then blamed Facebook for spreading the allegedly doctored press conference from last week, suggesting that Facebook was complicit in spreading Russian fake news and other false information.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "But [Facebook is] lying to the public".

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In its conversation with KQED, Pelosi said that Facebook should take down the video.

'We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians.

She added: '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'.

According to the Washington Post, Facebook has "heavily reduced" the video's appearance in people's news feeds.

Facebook added "fact check" articles to the video's page, which call the video "manipulated" but it still available for viewing.

"We think it's important for people to make their own informed choice for what to believe", Bickert said.

"I tell you what, I've been watching her, and I have been watching her for a long period of time - she's not the same person", he said.

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