Doctored videos by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who gets her to To seem like she was slurping or intoxicated and went viral at the end of last week – became part shared by President Donald Trump in Thursday – they will not be removed from Facebook even though they are determined to be false. On Friday, a corporate manager offered half the defense of this decision, although Facebook is working to address its widespread misinformation problem.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Friday, the company's head of Global Policy Management defended Monika Bickert's decision not to remove the video – it instead demoted the video's reach on the platform and provided information from a third-party fact checker along with it in news feed as well as when shared – as a matter of giving its users a "choice".
"We think it's important for people to make their own informed choices about what to believe," Bickert said. "Our job is to make sure we get accurate information. And therefore, we work with over 50 fact-checking organizations around the world."
Bickert continued to say that if misinformation had the potential to incite violence, the content would be removed from Facebook. But false or misleading information does not expressly express Facebook's rules, and a spokesman for the company told the Washington Post in a statement earlier Friday that it did not "have a policy stating that the information you submit on Facebook should be true." Instead, following the latest policy initiatives to fight counterfeit news, it simply downgrades the reach of content and displays information from its billing counterparts.
"This is part of the way we deal with misinformation," Bickert Cooper told. "We work with internationally certified billing organizations that are independent of Facebook, and we believe that the right organizations are making decisions about whether something is true or false."
During the interview, Cooper made an important point by noting that Facebook – whether the company chooses to publicly – is a source of news information for a large percentage of its 2 billion users. Bickert's answer to this was, however, that Facebook "is not in the news industry, we are in the social media industry." For this, Cooper replied that the platform shares news because it makes the platform money – which is correct.
While Facebook provided a muddy reason for allowing the blatant spread of fake news on its platform, a YouTube spokesman said meanwhile that the documented video has since been withdrawn from its site because it violated YouTube's rules. Twitter, where Trump shared one of the videos and on whose account it stays alive, has declined to comment on the incident.
Reply to the videos on Twitter Wednesday, Pelosy's daughter, Christine Pelosi, tweeted that Republicans "have pumped this despicable fake meme for years" and adds: "Mrs Speaker doesn't even drink alcohol!" Pelosirs camp told last week that they would not comment "on this sexist garbage can."