Distorted Nancy Pelosi videos show platforms aren’t ready to fight dirty campaign tricks

The modified video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) circulated on social media this week in what appeared to be a right-wing attempt to discredit and embarrass her. One of the videos, which was shared by President Donald Trump on Twitter, was edited in a way that confused and repeated his words, making it seem confused or even sick.

A video, first published by The Washington Post shows Pelosi speaking at an event organized by the Center for American Progress on Wednesday. According to Post the video was broadcast on YouTube and Twitter, and was seen at least 1.4 million times on Facebook alone.

A Pelosi spokesperson told Post that the office will not comment on "this sexist crap".

The president's tweet was sent on Thursday night and was not deleted at the time of publication. Twitter did not want to comment, but it is remarkable that the platform does not have any policy that indicates the elimination of false or manipulated information or videos. The only erroneous information related to the elections that the platform will eliminate refers to the act of of voting itself or misleading information about specific candidates as the place of voting of an individual and the hours at which it is opened or It closes on the day of the election.

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A Facebook spokesperson told The Verge that the Pelosi clips would not be deleted because the platform does not have a policy that dictates the deletion of information false The video was sent for review to a third party verifier who called it "false", so, according to Facebook, it has been declassified in the news sources, but it will not be deleted.

Facebook includes "Related Articles" and, in this case, includes links to discredit the Politifact and Hoax-Alert video in News Feeds. If you were to watch the video on the specific pages that published it, these related items will not appear.

"This is the kind of inaction that condemned countless Rohingya people in Myanmar," a former editor of Facebook Snopes verifier Brooke Binkowski said in a tweet .

A YouTube spokesperson told The Hill that it has "clear policies" about what is acceptable on the platform, and deleted the altered Pelosi clips once they were tagged. "They also did not emerge prominently," the spokesman said. "In fact, the search results and the upcoming panels on Nancy Pelosi include videos from authoritative sources, usually at the top."

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