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Facebook and Twitter have refused to take down a video showing Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, CNBC reports.
Pelosi argues that video was edited to appear as if she was doing so as Trump saluted a Tuskegee airman in the audience.
However, Facebook and Twitter both said the video does not violate their policies.
“A fierce behind-the-scenes dispute between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and Facebook erupted into public view Friday, as the speaker’s office demanded that Facebook remove a video posted online by President Donald Trump,” CNBC added.
Pelosi’s office says her speech-ripping gesture came at the end of the president’s speech, but the video was edited to make it appear that she ripped the speech even as Trump saluted a Tuskegee airman in the audience.
Some of President Trump’s guests at the State of the Union have spoken out and criticized Pelosi for offending them by ripping up the speech.
Pelosi claims it is misinformation.
The video titled “Powerful American stories ripped to shreds by Nancy Pelosi,” was posted on both Facebook and Twitter.
Trump tweeted the video from his Twitter account to his 72+ million followers.
Mark Zuckerberg recently laid out a new plan to stand up for free expression, which has received praise by those who value free speech over censorship.
“This is the new approach, and I think it’s going to piss off a lot of people,” Zuckerberg said.
“But frankly, the old approach was pissing off a lot of people too, so let’s try something different.”
“We’re going to take down the content that’s really harmful, but the line needs to be held at some point,” he said.
Zuckerberg argued that increasing calls for his company to censor content “makes me really uncomfortable.”
Instead, Facebook argues it will do the right thing and stand up for freedom of expression as long as it was not related to terrorism, child exploitation, incitement to violence, or other areas that violate their explicitly written policies.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
Pelosi, on the other hand, are said Facebook’s behavior is “shameful,” as she appears to argue that Facebook should ignore free expression and instead censor and remove any content that is not truthful:
More of the feud between Pelosi and Facebook:
The dispute became public Friday when Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, posted a link to a criticism of the video Friday afternoon, writing “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.”
Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman, replied to Hammill on Twitter: “Sorry, are you suggesting the President didn’t make those remarks and the Speaker didn’t rip the speech?”
Hammill fired back: “What planet are you living on? This is deceptively altered. Take it down.”
In the end, both Facebook and Twitter declined to remove the Trump campaign post, citing corporate policies.
Facebook’s Stone told CNBC, “I can confirm for you that the video doesn’t violate our policies.”