Facebook’s response: “Sorry, are you suggesting the President didn’t make those remarks and the Speaker didn’t rip the speech?”
President Trump tweeted a video that shows the most uplifting and heartwarming parts of his SOTU address interwoven with current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ripping up the speech.
The video is good and gets its point across, a fact apparently not lost on Democrats who are mobilizing to get it removed from social media.
According to reports, Pelosi herself is outraged and has sought help from “House allies” to get Twitter to take down the tweet.
Incredible. Pelosi mobilized House allies to pressure Twitter to take down a video depicting her tearing up the speech after each of the heartwarming stories the President shared at State of the Union.
Dems don’t like the optics of the Speaker tearing up great American triumphs. pic.twitter.com/pNITF9GXV1
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) February 8, 2020
House Democrats blasted Twitter and Facebook on Friday for hosting what they called a misleadingly edited video posted by President Donald Trump that features House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up his State of the Union speech.
The incident is the latest test of the companies’ new policies on manipulated media.
The video, posted Thursday, splices in footage of Pelosi’s paper-shredding amid moments in which Trump honored the last surviving Tuskegee Airman, announced the reunion of a service member with his family and praised a fallen soldier, among other parts of Tuesday’s address. Pelosi in fact tore up the document at the end of the speech, an action that prompted fierce attacks from Republicans.
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“Hey @Twitter, this video is clearly edited in a way that’s intended to mislead viewers,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) tweeted Friday. “You should take it down.”
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) chimed in: “This video is doctored. It has been up, and pinned to the President’s page, for nearly a day. Trump posted it to deceive Americans about @SpeakerPelosi ‘s actions and record.”
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, also took aim at the companies over the video, tweeting, “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.”
Neither Twitter nor Facebook appear likely to budge on this bizarre barrage of Democrat outrage.
But both companies indicated they will not take action against the video.
“Sorry, are you suggesting the President didn’t make those remarks and the Speaker didn’t rip the speech?” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone tweeted in response to Hammill.
Stone told POLITICO the video does not violate Facebook’s policies against clips that would “mislead someone into thinking that a subject of the video said words that they did not actually say.”
Twitter spokesperson Katie Rosborough said the company’s new policies against “synthetic and manipulated media” will not take effect until March 5, as previously announced, and the social network will not retroactively review Trump’s tweet or others featuring the video.
For his part, President Trump appears to be enjoying Pelosi’s latest hissy fit because he has “pinned” the tweet to the top of his Twitter profile page.DONATE
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