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PoliticsFacebook defends decision to leave up fake Pelosi video and says users should make up their own minds

00:35  26 may  2019
00:35  26 may  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Footage of House speaker deliberately slowed down to make her appear drunk or ill.

Facebook said Friday that a video doctored to depict House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words will remain on the social network because false The social network said it will, however, greatly reduce distribution of the video among Facebook users ' News Feeds and add context from two

There is no dispute that the Facebook video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) viewed by millions is a fake, deliberately altered to make her appear drunk. YouTube acted fast and removed duplicates. Other social media outlets have not made the same call.

Facebook acknowledged the video is “false” but said the videos would remain on the platform.

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What Facebook are saying is that they won’t take down known sources of malicious political disinformation. I wonder if they would stand by that decision if deepfakes featuring Zuckerberg became prevalent. For example giving the financial results or a profit warning.

The videos fed into what Pelosi 's defenders have called sexist and conspiratorial portrayals of the health of America's highest-ranking elected woman. With the company's decision made , Facebook groups reiterated their interest in promoting the distorted video .

Amid fierce calls across the public and government for Facebook to remove the video — which has been viewed 2.6 million times — and others like it, a Facebook official took to CNN on Friday to defend its decision.

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Monika Bickert, a company vice president for product policy and counterterrorism, said the video was reviewed by fact-checking organizations, and after it deemed the video a hoax, the company “dramatically” reduced its distribution. But Facebook did not remove the video, Bickert said.

“We think it’s important for people to make their own informed choice for what to believe. Our job is to make sure we are getting them accurate information,” she said.

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Pelosi's Office Blasts Viral Videos Edited to Make Her Appear Drunk The video, the origin of which remains unknown, has been slowed down to approximately 75 percent of its initial speed and the pitch of Pelosi's voice altered to appear more like her natural speaking tone . The adjustment to her speaking pitch, the Post said, was likely done to cover up the video being edited to slow the cadence of Pelosi's speech pattern. “There is no question that the video has been slowed to alter Pelosi’s voice.

Researchers say Pelosi video 's sound and playback had been manipulated. Facebook declined to remove the video as it falls within policy rules. The videos fed into what Pelosi 's defenders have called sexist and conspiratorial portrayals of the health of America's highest-ranking elected woman.

Facebook refuses to delete doctored viral video of Nancy Pelosi slowed down to make her appear drunk A video of Pelosi 's speech at a Center for American Progress event was subtly edited to make her voice The footage received plenty of reaction on Facebook with users asking if she was drunk.

A question has vexed lawmakers and Silicon Valley for years, particularly after massive disinformation campaigns were harnessed in the 2016 election: Should we consider platforms like Facebook “news publishers,” and should they handle information like one?

CNN host Anderson Cooper believes the answer is yes and pressed Bickert on her company’s responsibilities.

“You’re making money by being in the news business,” he said. “If you can’t do it well, shouldn’t you just get out of the news business?”

Bickert rejected the premise in a tense back-and-forth. “We aren’t in the news business. We’re in the social media business,” she said, adding the company removes content deemed a threat to public safety and from fake accounts.

Cooper shot back: “The reason you’re sharing news is because you make money from it. . . . But if you’re in the news business, which you are, then you have to do it right. And this is false information you are spreading.”

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Fake Pelosi videos still up . The altered videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that appear to show her slurring her words likely will continue to spread on the internet after the president retweeted the Fox News version, and Facebook says it won’t be taking the videos down.

Facebook acknowledges Pelosi video is faked but declines to delete it. YouTube offered a definitive response Thursday afternoon, saying the company had removed the videos because they But with clearer distortions like the Pelosi video , the company should respond more quickly and decisively to

Bickert said earlier in the segment that the original video is now tagged with fact-checker icons underneath the post.

But even Internet novices have internalized small icons under posts as either related videos or advertisements and easily gloss over them, potentially missing Facebook’s main effort to alert users over the disinformation.

Facebook defends decision to leave up fake Pelosi video and says users should make up their own minds The video page from Politics WatchDog. (Facebook)

“Why is she not arrested for being drunk while conducting federal business as a federal employee!” one Facebook user wrote in the video comment section on Saturday morning, hours after Bickert said “anybody” who viewed the video was alerted about it. An expanded link for the video shows no fact-checker warnings.

The video was shared nearly 47,000 times from the original source, a conservative page called Politics WatchDog.

Twitter earlier declined to comment about company efforts around the video, taken Wednesday at a Center for American Progress event, and several versions of the video remained on the platform Friday.

Lawmakers are focusing their criticism at Facebook, demanding the company take immediate action.

Facebook on fake Pelosi video: Being 'false' isn't enough for removal

Facebook on fake Pelosi video: Being 'false' isn't enough for removal The social network said it will, however, greatly reduce distribution of the video among Facebook users' News Feeds.

Facebook Vice President Monika Bickert was on the hot seat on Friday as CNN’s Anderson Cooper grilled her about the social media giant’s decision not to delete fake videos of Nancy Pelosi made to look as if she were incoherent and slurring her words. The videos have made the rounds on social

When you say , when you say a personal attack. Did you hear what she said about me long before I went after He also doubled down on his take that Pelosi was the one whose mental capacity should be “I haven’t made any decisions . There’s two or three of them right now. It’s a little bit controversial.

Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) demanded Facebook “fix this now!”

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted: “Facebook is very responsive to my office when I want to talk about federal legislation and suddenly get marbles in their mouths when we ask them about dealing with a fake video. It’s not that they cannot solve this; it’s that they refuse to do what is necessary.”

As The Post’s Drew Harwell reported, analyses of the distorted video by Washington Post journalists and outside researchers indicate the video has been slowed to about 75 percent of its original speed.

To possibly correct for how that speed change would deepen her tone, the video also appears to have been altered to modify her pitch to more closely resemble the sound of her natural speech.

Analysts have warned about “deepfake” videos that use sophisticated editing and artificial intelligence software to create the appearance of someone recorded, which have been used to embarrass and harass targeted women.

But the Pelosi video is a clear example of how even low-tech, relatively simple editing can dupe viewers and trigger widespread disinformation.

President Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani received the video in a text and shared it on Twitter before Facebook’s response was issued, then later deleted it.

Drew Harwell contributed to this report.

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