Facebook and Twitter have refused to delete a clip posted by U.S. President Donald Trump,media CNET reported. Some Democrats believe the video of When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up a copy of the president’s State of the Union address has misled viewers and reignited the debate about how social networks handle tampering with media content.
A roughly five-minute video posted on Trump’s social media accounts showed Pelosi tearing up copies of the State of the Union address after Trump honored several Americans, including a former Tuskegee Air Force pilot, a scholarship student and a U.S. military officer. Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, and several Democratic lawmakers called on the social network to remove the video, saying it spread misinformation, but Twitter and Facebook said it did not violate its policy. The disagreement over whether the two companies make the right choices illustrates the challenges Facebook and Twitter face in trying to crack down on media manipulation. As of Friday afternoon, the video had nearly 4 million views on Twitter, more than 2 million views on Facebook and more than 4 million views on Facebook’s Instagram.
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s latest tampering video was deliberately designed to mislead and deceive the American people, and these platforms refuse to remove it every day, reminding us once again that they care more about the interests of shareholders than the public,” Hammill tweeted. “
Facebook seems to disagree. Facebook spokesman Andy Stone asked Hammill: “I’m sorry, are you implying that the president didn’t make these remarks, didn’t the Speaker speak?” “
“If Nancy Pelosi is concerned about images of her own tearing up the speech, maybe she shouldn’t tear it up,” Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for The President of The President of The President, said in a statement. “
This is the second time the two companies have come under pressure to remove the video attacking Pelosi. In May, Pelosi’s video was tampered with to make it look like it was out of the mouth. YouTube has adopted a policy of banning “deceptive practices”, but the video was deleted, but Twitter has not. Facebook provided information from fact-checkers and slowed the spread of the video, which was posted by the group that owns the Facebook page.
However, the video was shared directly by Trump’s social media accounts. Facebook exempts politicians from fact-checking because the company believes their speeches are newsworthy. The company banned certain tampering videos, such as Deepfake, but it does not contain content that has been modified to change the order of words. Twitter announced new rules this week against tampered media content, but the policy didn’t take effect until March. Under these rules, the latest Pelosi video seems unlikely to be deleted. Twitter says it will not remove tampering with media content unless there is a potentialfor serious hazard, such as a threat to personal safety. A spokesman for the company said the video posted by the president did not violate Twitter’s current policy. If a politician like Mr. Trump breaks the rules, the company usually posts a notification on a tweet rather than deleting them.
Google’s YouTube said Pelosi’s video did not violate its rules. Some Democratic lawmakers are still demanding that social networks such as Twitter remove the video, given the spread of misinformation. “Social media platforms are places where people get news and information, and falsehood sits on our First Amendment tradition,” California Rep. Ro Khanna said in a tweet. “