Facebook on Defensive Over Fake Pelosi Video

Clay Curtis
May 26, 2019

Monika Bickert, a Facebook vice president, vigorously defended the social media platform during an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Graham also praised Trump for being the only USA president who has gotten "Kim Jong Un's attention", though he believes North Korean is trying "run out the clock on President Trump".

"We don't have a policy that stipulates that the information you post on Facebook must be true", Facebook said in a statement to The Washington Post. Bickert responded that "independent third party organizations" confirmed the video's falseness and the company then "dramatically reduced the distribution" of the video, and added comments below the video warning that it is false.

"Facebook has repeatedly told Congress and the American people that you're serious about fighting disinformation and fake news, yet this doctored video, that I think your own fact checkers acknowledge is doctored, of Speaker Pelosi remains on your platform".

Bickert had earlier indicated the company might reduce the frequency of appearance of misinformation, or somehow note the content was inauthentic but would allow it to remain on the platform and continue to be distributed by authentic actors.

"We aren't in the news business, we're in the social media business", she replied. "It's not that they can not solve this; it's that they refuse to do what is necessary".

The videos fed into what Pelosi's defenders have called sexist and conspiratorial portrayals of the health of America's highest-ranking elected woman. Users who find the video on the Politics Watchdog Facebook page only get to see those links after 2 additional clicks, and many users may never see them at all.

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Pelosi tweeted Thursday night that Trump was "distracting from House Democrats' great accomplishments #ForThePeople, from his cover-ups, and unpopularity".

Facebook has resisted removing outright false information by citing free-speech concerns, a stand the company reiterated Friday. "When the "extremely stable genius" starts acting more presidential, I'll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues", Pelosi's tweet said.

With the company's decision made, Facebook groups reiterated their interest in promoting the distorted video.

The viral video in question was re-shared on Facebook by Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well.

She added that the company would remove misinformation related to on-going riots or some kind of threat to physical violence.

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