Facebook and Twitter have refused House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request to remove a video posted by Donald Trump.
She alleged that the video was misleadingly edited to show her repeatedly tearing a paper copy of his State of the Union address while he was honoring a Tuskegee Airman and other attendees.
“The latest fake video of Speaker Pelosi is deliberately designed to mislead and lie to the American people, and every day that these platforms refuse to take it down is another reminder that they care more about their shareholders’ interests than the public’s interests.” ,” Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s chief of staff, said on Twitter.
The five-minute video in question, which features the words “POWERFUL AMERICAN STORIES RIPPED TO SHREDS BY NANCY PELOSI” at the top, was tweeted by Trump on Thursday. The video shows Pelosi tearing a paper copy of Trump’s controversial address, but the ripping is interspersed with clips of Trump lauding honorees. In reality, Pelosi ripped Trump’s speech after the State of the Union address ended.
Their rejection of Pelosi’s request, which has spurred condemnation, comes amid heightened debate over tech titans’ (Facebook and Twitter) responsibility to thwart the proliferation of misleading information during the 2020 presidential election.
Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman, rebuffed Hammill’s criticism, replying on Twitter: “Sorry, are you suggesting the President didn’t make those remarks and the Speaker didn’t rip the speech?”
Hammill responded: “what planet are you living on? this is deceptively altered. take it down,” while Stone reiterated that the post did not violate Facebook’s policy on manipulated video. Facebook said in an email Sunday that it didn’t have a comment but maintained it didn’t violate its policies.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.