Facebook says the doctored Nancy Pelosi video used to question her mental state and viewed millions of times will stay up


Facebook FB has decided to keep an altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., on its site that makes her speech appear slow and slurred. Commenters, including President Donald Trump 's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani , have used the video to call into question Pelosi's competence and mental state.

In a since-deleted tweet, Giuliani shared a link to the altered video and wrote, "What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Her speech pattern is bizarre." Giuliani later appeared to apologize on Twitter for sharing the video.

Experts told The Washington Post that the video, which is taken from Pelosi' appearance at a Center for American Progress event, appears to have been slowed down to about 75% of its original speed and modified for pitch. The alteration gives Pelosi an unnaturally slow, slurred speech pattern, which made several commenters wonder if she was drunk during the talk.


In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said, "There's a tension here: we work hard to find the right balance between encouraging free expression and promoting a safe and authentic community, and we believe that reducing the distribution of inauthentic content strikes that balance. But just because something is allowed to be on Facebook doesn't mean it should get distribution. In other words, we allow people to post it as a form of expression, but we're not going to show it at the top of News Feed."

Facebook said it has begun limiting the video's distribution in the News Feed and adding additional context after one of its fact checking partners reviewed the video and rated it as false. But the video has already been viewed and spread extensively. As of Friday, an altered version of the video remained on the Facebook page Politics WatchDog and had been viewed more than 2 million times.

Versions of the altered video could still be found on Twitter TWTR Friday as well. One user posted the altered video with the comment, "Please come get your drunk grandma @AOC #pelosi," and the video had been viewed over 400 times. Twitter declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Google GOOGL -owned YouTube GOOGL removed the video from its platform, apparently determining the alteration did go too far. Like Facebook, YouTube has also suffered its share of criticism in the past for continuing to host content that walks the line of its policies .

"YouTube has clear policies that outline what content is not acceptable to post and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged to us," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. "These videos violated our policies and have been removed. They also did not surface prominently. In fact, search results and watch next panels about Nancy Pelosi include videos from authoritative sources, usually at the top."

The video has drawn attention to the potential dangers of new technology that enables convincing alterations. Even though experts believe simple aspects like pitch and speed were changed in the Pelosi video, so-called deepfake technology uses artificial intelligence to modify videos even further. With the ability to mimic facial expressions, the possibilities for spreading misinformation could greatly expand.

Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.


More Related News

Budget Talks Stall as Democrats Seek More Government Spending
Budget Talks Stall as Democrats Seek More Government Spending

(Bloomberg) -- Republican leaders balked at Democratic requests for spending on non-defense government programs, warning that the two parties are still far apart on a deal to avert a government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling.The request came at a meeting Wednesday that included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and acting White House budget chief Russ Vought.Republicans are demanding more money for defense, and Democrats want to match that with other government spending. Such a deal would raise...

AOC's Holocaust Remarks Divide Congressional Democrats

Democrats are split over Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's comments earlier this week equating American immigrant-detention centers with the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, as some in her party defend the remarks while others spoke against them."The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are," the 29-year-old New York Democrat said during an Instagram Live stream on Monday. "I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that 'never again' means something."Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday cautioned freshman Democrats that they are responsible for remarks they make."They come to represent...

Huawei promises 100% refunds if Google and Facebook apps stop working
Huawei promises 100% refunds if Google and Facebook apps stop working

Huawei is resorting to drastic measures to counteract the effects of its inclusion on a US blacklist, which has resulted in several key US companies cutting ties with the Chinese electronics giant.The biggest blows to result from the Huawei ban, however, arguably relate to the imminent loss of access to Google's Android mobile OS as well as Google's proprietary app marketplace. Meanwhile, Facebook also reportedly is no longer allowing Huawei to pre-install its apps on Huawei phones.So, let's review. Huawei, which is currently the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, could soon be cut off from accessing official Google apps like YouTube and Gmail in future handset models....

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Is a Nail in the Coffin for 'Blockchain Not Bitcoin'

Edan Yago is the founder of CementDAO, an effort to bring together stablecoins into a unified ecosystem. The views expressed here are his own. With the announcement of Libra, cryptocurrency has entered the big leagues. Facebook's entry into this market means every single company now has to take cryptocurrency

Nancy Pelosi tries to tamp down impeachment pressure, calling it 'divisive'
Nancy Pelosi tries to tamp down impeachment pressure, calling it 'divisive'

Speaking about impeaching Trump, Pelosi said, "It has to be about the truth and the facts to take you to whatever decision has to be there."

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Economy

Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.