Facebook and Twitter have both rejected Nancy Pelosi’s request to remove a Trump edited video of her ripping his state of the Union Speech.
The video is out of sequence for artistic and creative effect, but Pelosi is claiming it’s “deceptive” and should be removed altogether.
Campaign videos frequently feature clips of footage that are not in chronological order, if Facebook and Twitter were to remove this video it would be a stunning precedent that could potentially result in countless other videos being challenged as “deceptive.”
Watch and decide for yourself.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
The NYTimes reports Facebook and Twitter have rejected a request by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove a video posted by President Donald Trump that was edited to make it appear as though she were ripping a copy of his State of the Union address as he honored a Tuskegee Airman and other guests.
The decision highlighted the tension between critics who want social media platforms to crack down on the spread of misinformation and others who argue that political speech should be given wide latitude, even if it’s deceptive or false.
The debate has accelerated during the 2020 presidential campaign, as Democrats in Congress have demanded that Facebook and other tech companies take tougher action while figures on the right have argued that such policing could muzzle conservative viewpoints.
Into that highly politicized environment came the video posted by Trump to his Twitter account Thursday.
The roughly 5-minute clip shows Pelosi repeatedly ripping his speech in between snippets of him paying tribute to the airman, Charles McGee, as well as other guests he had invited to the State of the Union, including military families. In fact, Pelosi ripped a copy of Trump’s speech immediately after his address to Congress on Tuesday.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, on Friday demanded that the video be removed.
“The American people know that the President has no qualms about lying to them — but it is a shame to see Twitter and Facebook, sources of news for millions, do the same,” Hammill wrote on Twitter.
“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,” he wrote.
But both companies rejected the request.
Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman, responded to Hammill on Twitter, writing, “Sorry, are you suggesting the President didn’t make those remarks and the Speaker didn’t rip the speech?”
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