Pelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report

In the weeks since Facebook refused to take down a viral doctored video of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans On The Money: Falling impeachment support raises pressure for Dems on trade | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Biden eyes minimum tax for corporations | Fed's top regulator under pressure over Dodd-Frank rules Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Virginia moves to suspend Medicaid work rules | Powerful House panel sets 'Medicare for All' hearing | Hospitals sue over Trump price rule | FDA official grilled on vaping policy MORE (D-Calif.), Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy Zuckerberg says Trump did not 'lobby' him during dinner Zuckerberg on allowing political ads: 'People should be able to judge for themselves' MORE has tried to reach out to the Speaker to talk about how his company handles misinformation, but according to a report in The Washington Post, Pelosi has not returned his calls.

Pelosi hasn’t responded to Zuckerberg, but their respective staffs have been in touch, the Post reports. In the meantime, Pelosi is reportedly not eager to hear Zuckerberg’s reasoning for his company’s decision following the handling of the video.

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A video of a Pelosi speech at a Center of American Progress event was altered and slowed down to make her words slur and give her an appearance of looking sick or drunk, and many of those who watched it did not seem to know it had been manipulated.

In addition to grabbing millions of viewers’ attention, it also got picked up by several right-wing groups and online personalities, who spread it across multiple platforms.

In a since-deleted tweet sharing the video, President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiPoll: 46 percent of voters say Trump's Ukraine dealings constitute impeachable offense GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records Giuliani meets with fired Ukrainian prosecutor who pushed Biden, 2016 claims: report MORE wrote, “What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Her speech pattern is bizarre.”

Facebook said the video doesn’t violate its community standards, and a company representative said it was looking to balance free expression while promoting a safe online community. Twitter said the video didn’t violate their rules, either. YouTube did take down the video.

Facebook has come under increased scrutiny in recent months amid investigations of whether it and other technology companies are putting its users at risk of privacy breaches and allowing users to be exposed to misinformation.

The social media giant has since said it’s working on ways to improve the way it responds to these issues. Other platforms, including YouTube, have taken measures to reduce the risk of misinformation, with the site announcing last week that it would take down videos pushing false information and content from white supremacists.

A number of Democratic presidential candidates are pushing for greater regulations around the social media giants.

Pelosi added to this rhetoric, saying, “Unwarranted, concentrated economic power in the hands of a few is dangerous to democracy — especially when digital platforms control content.

"The era of self-regulation is over.”

 

The report of Pelosi avoiding Zuckerberg comes days before the House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on manipulated media and “deepfake” technology.