Facebook ignores Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi amid growing backlash over fake video

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Facebook stands firm in her refusal to a manipulated video of the House of representatives Nancy Pelosi, in the midst of a growing opposition from the Democrats.

The 3-minute video, which the experts say was delayed until approximately 75 percent of the original speed to make Pelosi seem to be drunk or senile, can still be viewed on a conservative Facebook page called Political Watchdog, where it has garnered millions of views, more than 30,000 reactions and 11,000 comments since uploaded a week ago.

When the Mark Zuckerberg-led tech giant, which partners with dozens of fact-checking organizations all over the world, verified that the video was doctored, it greatly reduced her appearance in users’ Newsfeeds. However, the company refused to remove the video.


A Facebook spokesperson previously told several media: “We have no policy that states that the information that you post on Facebook must be true.” Fox News reached Facebook for comment.

If a user tries to run the parts of the video now, a Facebook pop-up called “Additional Reporting On This” will appear with a summary of the results of five different fact-checking organizations, all of which rate of the video as false.

Even so, the video’s continued presence on the social network prompted a backlash.

If a user tries to share, the manipulated video on Facebook, they see the above pop-up.

Former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton slammed the social network of the response during a commencement speech at the Hunter College in New York on Wednesday.

“If Facebook refused to make a fake video of Nancy Pelosi, it was not even a close call,” Clinton told the graduates. “The video is sexist trash. And YouTube thought it, but Facebook kept it on.”


The former presidential candidate suggested that a message be sent to Facebook to show resistance against the tech giant decision, and she warned that the site would be “flooded” with “fake and doctored videos” if nothing happens.

Clinton’s comments came on the heels of Pelosi statements to KQED:

“We have said, ‘Poor Facebook, they were unknowingly exploited by the Russians.’ I think wanted, because now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think that it is wrong,” she said, according to a transcript of the call provided by Pelosi’s office. “They are lying to the public. . . . I think they have proven, by not taking something which they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election.”

The former US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivers the commencement address at the Hunter College Commencement ceremony at Madison Square Garden, May 29, 2019 in New York City.
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Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, on Sunday called the video “vile partisan trash” and said that it was a “sad omen of what’s to come in 2020 will be the election of the season.”

Damian Collins, a conservative in the Uk Parliament and a frequent critic of the Big Tech, told The Hill that Facebook’s decision on the Pelosi video setting a “dangerous precedent.”

Nevertheless, Facebook continued to stand by her answer.

“We think that it is important for people to make their own informed choice about what to believe,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president for product policy, and combating terrorism, told CNN. “It is our job to ensure that we get the proper information and that is why we work with more than 50 fact-checking organizations all over the world.”

According to Marketwatch, a group of Facebook policy staff intern published two days before the Pelosi video surfaced that the tech giant would explore the need for a new policy on manipulated media, since the chance of causing political disruption.

Although Facebook’s current policy on manipulation relates to false media, the tech giant told the business outlet that is working to determine whether there should be an additional layer to address what the staff called threats presented by emerging technologies, calling out: “deepfakes” in particular.


The Pelosi video can still be found on random Twitter accounts, but it was removed from YouTube by Google for the violation of that company’s community guidelines.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this article.

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