House Democrat calls on Facebook to take down doctored Pelosi video

House Democrat calls on Facebook to take down doctored Pelosi video
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Rep. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooDemocratic chairman says White House blocked FDA commissioner from testifying Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg acknowledges failure to take down Kenosha military group despite warnings | Election officials push back against concerns over mail-in voting, drop boxes Democrat asks intel agencies if they're surveilling members of Congress MORE (D-Calif.) is demanding Facebook remove a video of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare House lawmakers reach deal to avert shutdown Centrist Democrats 'strongly considering' discharge petition on GOP PPP bill MORE (D-Calif.) edited to make her appear intoxicated.

“I am extremely troubled that Facebook is once again refusing to remove a doctored video of Speaker Pelosi that makes her seem inebriated,” Eshoo, a Pelosi ally, said in a letter to the social media giant on Tuesday.

“The video is disinformation, and by leaving it up, Facebook is actively playing a role in disseminating political disinformation,” Eshoo added.


The clip was first shared on the platform Saturday with the caption, "this is unbelievable, she is blowed out of her mind, I bet this gets took down!" The 55-second video comes from a May press conference in which Pelosi condemned comments President Trump made about MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough.

Facebook has elected not to remove the clip, which surpassed 3 million views on Tuesday, instead electing to place a "partly false" label on it. Twitter, YouTube and TikTok have removed the video.

A similarly edited clip of Pelosi — made to make her appear to be slurring words — was shared widely on Facebook last year.

Facebook has defended keeping the latest video up, saying it does not meet its grounds for removal.

The Hill has reached out to representatives for the platform for comment on Eshoo's letter. Eshoo represents Palo Alto, Calif., the home of Facebook’s headquarters. She sits on a House subcommittee focused on communications and technology. 


Facebook's general proclivity toward leaving content up has sparked harsh criticism from Democrats in recent months.

In particular, CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: FBI, DHS warn that foreign hackers will likely spread disinformation around election results | Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day | Trump to meet with Republican state officials on tech liability shield Facebook to 'restrict the circulation of content' if chaos results from election: report 2.5 million US users register to vote using Facebook, Instagram, Messenger MORE has faced internal and external pressure for allowing false political advertisements and keeping up posts from political figures like Trump that include nods toward violence.

The platform's founder has defended his hands-off approach, arguing that online platforms should not operate as arbiters of truth.