House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Facebook’s decision not to delete an altered video of her is a clear example that the company willingly allowed Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
“I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false,” she told KQED-FM in San Francisco, referring to what she believes is Facebook’s role in Russian interference.
“I think it’s wrong … I can take it … But [Facebook is] lying to the public,” Pelosi said.
She was referring to a doctored video of her that received thousands of views on the platform on May 17.
Facebook has refused to remove the content.
“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.”
President Donald Trump tweeted a separate video on May 23 in which someone spliced together a speech Pelosi gave at a news conference that made her appear lost and confused.
“PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE” pic.twitter.com/1OyCyqRTuk
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2019
The president has been involved in a very public spat with Pelosi as they argue about policy differences.
Trump’s family members have also gone after the California Democrat.
Trump’s private attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retweeted the heavily distorted version on the same day.
Facebook, for its part, has acknowledged the video is false but declined to remove it all the same
“We don’t have a policy that stipulates that the information you post on Facebook must be true,” the social media giant told reporters.
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