Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook behavior, accuses it of intentionally misleading users

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike MORE (D-Calif.) slammed tech giant Facebook on Thursday, accusing the social media company of abusing technology to mislead users and calling its behavior "shameful."

“The Facebook business model is strictly to make money. They don't care about the impact on children, they don't care about truth, they don't care about where this is all coming from, and they have said even if they know it's not true they will print it,” Pelosi said at a press conference.

“I think they have been very abusive of the great opportunity that technology has given them,” she added. 


Pelosi’s comments came in response to a question about whether Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHealth experts embrace social media to fight coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website Facebook launching coronavirus info portal MORE or other tech executives, largely based in or near Pelosi’s San Francisco-area district, have too much power. Facebook has at least one office in Pelosi’s district. 

“All they want are their tax cuts and no antitrust action against them,” Pelosi said of Facebook. “And they schmooze this administration in that regard because so far that’s what they have received.”

The social media giant and and its CEO have come under fire in recent months, largely from Democrats, over the company’s ad policy as well as concerns over antitrust issues. 

Facebook has defended its policy to allow ads with false information as an effort to promote free speech on its platform.

“I think what they have said, very blatantly, very clearly, is that they intend to be accomplices for misleading the American people with money from god knows where,” Pelosi said Thursday.


“They have been very irresponsible … I think their behavior is shameful,” she added.

A spokesperson for Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

Pelosi has vocally criticized the social media giant after it refused to remove a doctored video of the Democratic leader last year that had been slowed down to make it sound like she was slurring her words.

Her remarks Thursday alluded to Facebook and other large tech companies paying lower taxes under the 2017 GOP-led tax overhaul.

Zuckerberg also recently confirmed he had a private meeting with Trump at the White House in October. The Facebook CEO told “CBS This Morning” last month that Trump did not “lobby” him during the meeting.