Doctored videos of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, edited to make her seem intoxicated, were viewed some 10m times in just a few days across Facebook, Google and Twitter. With Donald Trump retweeting one of them.
Facebook did acknowledged that the videos were fake but didn’t take them down. Why not? Because they were about freedom of speech, of course.
“There’s a tension here,” the social network says. “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.”
Facebook says will only remove content it believes are a threat to ‘public safety’, though it makes no mention of the threat to advertising dollars.
By the way. Trump’s Pelosi tweet was viewed over 6m times before it was taken down by the upstanding Rudy Giuliani, though he would not say why he did so.
Have you ever thought that Twitter should do something about Trump’s tweeting behaviour? Forget it. “Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” the company says.