Facebook has released a statement of concern about its decision not to remove a modified video that became viral – one congealed to make it appear that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Beat her words.
Although social media giant triggered a backlash by not taking down knowledge, it said it reduced content distribution and added a disclaimer that notifies users that the video was "fake."
"We remove things from Facebook that violate our community standards, and we don't have a policy that states that the information you submit on Facebook must be true," said the company Friday, according to ABC7 News.
I Saturday, the video had more than 28,000 comments, nearly 50,000 shares, and at least 2.6 million views, it was released on Wednesday, and under the video captions criticized a long list of articles from brand factors, the video.
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It showed Pelosi to make controversial comments on Trump's alleged behavior during an infrastructure meeting cut short earlier this week. 1
"There is excitement here; we work hard to find the right balance between promoting free expression and promoting a safe and authentic society, and we believe that reducing the distribution of unauthorized content hits this balance, "it said."
"But just because something is allowed on Facebook does not mean that it should get distribution. In other words, we allow people to send it as a form of expression, but we do not want to show it at the top of the news feed." The platform outlined also how it fought misleading content.
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"We fight the spread of fake news on Facebook in a number of ways, by removing content that violates our community standards , like fake accounts, reduce the distribution of content that does not directly violate community standards, but still undermines the authenticity of the platform by demote it in news feed and allow people to decide for themselves what to read, trust and share by inform them of more in-product context and promote news awareness, "it said.
The controversy broke out during the ever-expanding study of Facebook and other social media companies and the way they handled content on their platform. Facebook and Twitter specifically warmed to apparent disruptions to conservatives as well as allowing content promoted by Russians in the 2016 elections.
Monika Bickert, Facebook's Vice President of Product Policy and Fighting Terrorism, told CNN that her company "dramatically" reduced the video's distribution and told users that the video was wrong.
"We've acted … someone who watches this video in the news feed, anyone who wants to share it with someone else someone who's told it before – they're warned that this video is fake," she said.
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CNN's Anderson Cooper pushed Bickert on why she decided to keep the video on the platform.
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"We think it's important for people to make their own informed choices about what to believe. Our job is to make sure we get them accurate information, and therefore we work with more than 50 fact-checking organizations around the world, "she told Cooper.
She added that the company would remove inaccuracies in connection with past resolutions or a form of threat to physical violence.