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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 EshooHillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals FCC votes to advance proposed ban on Chinese telecom equipment Pharmaceutical industry donated to two-thirds of Congress ahead of 2020 elections: analysis MORE (D-Calif.) is demanding Facebook remove a video of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals 'It's still a BFD': Democrats applaud ruling upholding ObamaCare 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.

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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. 

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

In particular, CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergTexas governor signs ban on outside help for election administrators Hillicon Valley: NATO members agree to new cyber defense policy | YouTube banning politics, elections in masthead ads | 50 groups urge Biden to fill FCC position to reinstate net neutrality rules Pink Floyd's Roger Waters: 'No f---ing way' Zuckerberg can use our song for ad 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.