Nancy Pelosi Criticizes Facebook for Handling of Altered Videos

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“We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.CreditCreditHilary Swift for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday strongly rebuked Facebook, saying the company’s refusal to take down an altered video of her demonstrated how the social network contributed to disinformation and enabled Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians,” Ms. Pelosi said in an interview with KQED, a public radio station in Northern California. “I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false.”

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