House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not happy with Facebook!
Following the release of a doctored video which makes it appear as if Pelosi is drunk or slurring her words at a speaking event, Facebook announced their refusal to remove the content. This didn’t sit well with the House Speaker at all, thus prompting her criticism of Facebook, as documented by Fox News.
A Closer Look at Pelosi’s Statements on Facebook and Russia
The video of a supposedly drunk Pelosi has been shared on social media many times and viewed by millions. Despite the plethora of views, the controversy surrounding the video has made it tough to find, as time passes. While YouTube removed the doctored footage from their platform, Facebook has not and, by their own admission, will not follow suit.
The social networking site’s decision to leave the footage up prompted the following censure from Pelosi:
“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. 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.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 30, 2019
Facebook’s choice in this matter has prompted backlash from other Democrats. During a speaking event, two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed the doctored video as “sexist trash.” Others have insinuated that Facebook has a duty to remove illegitimate content due to the power and magnitude of their platform.
Despite Pelosi’s outrage over Facebook’s decision not to remove the doctored footage, both she and her husband are massive investors in the company’s stock. Thus far, Pelosi has not indicated that she will sell any of the Facebook stock which she currently owns.
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