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Fri May 24, 2019, 08:59 PM

Pelosi Video Shows Nothing at Facebook and Twitter Has Changed Since 2016

Facebook and Twitter have trumpeted major initiatives designed to prevent a repeat of the 2016 election: “massive investments to help protect the integrity of elections” and the implementation of “proactive detection and enforcement efforts.” This week was evidence of how little has changed about the way Facebook and Twitter actually operate — and it’s an ominous sign for 2020.

On Wednesday morning — the day after a high-profile spat between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump — the Facebook-based group Politics WatchDog posted a video of Pelosi discussing the dust-up, slowed to 75 percent of its original speed with her voice altered to make it sound like she was slurring her speech.

Forty-eight hours later, the video, which is still up, has notched 2.4 million views and been shared 47,000 times. It’s just one of the Pelosi videos that have multiplied across social media in recent days, carefully edited to make her seem unwell. The president tweeted one to his 60.5 million Twitter followers on Thursday night, hours after his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, tweeted a different one. “What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Her speech pattern is bizarre,” Giuliani wrote in his tweet, which he later deleted. On Fox News, the clips prompted similar debate about the speaker’s age and mental state.

It all feels very familiar: Video alluding to a serious and mysterious health problem goes viral, is rapidly weaponized by the subject’s political enemies and the erroneous content amplified by sympathetic media. In 2016, we know that bot-nets and trolls operated by the Russian government similarly helped signal-boost conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health.

Almost all of the attention paid to Pelosi’s video occurred after Facebook was alerted to the fact that the video it was hosting had been doctored. The fact that it was doctored didn’t matter, a representative for Facebook explains, because Facebook doesn’t have a policy that stipulates anything you post on Facebook has to be true. For a post to be removed from the site, it has to violate the social network’s community standards — which doesn’t account for videos that have been manipulated in a way that creates a false impression.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/nancy-pelosi-doctored-video-facebook-twitter-rules-839115/

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2019 OP
tymorial May 2019 #1
BigmanPigman May 2019 #2
dhol82 May 2019 #3
TwilightZone May 2019 #4
LiberalFighter May 2019 #5

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri May 24, 2019, 09:02 PM

1. Hey the billion-dollar corporations got to get paid nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri May 24, 2019, 09:08 PM

2. This is a BIG problem.

People that have a good eye and ear and have a brain can sometimes detect the altered images and videos and realize if they are taken out of context or are altered but the average American voters are not the brightest bunch...look at who they voted for to represent them in the Senate and House as well as POTUS.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri May 24, 2019, 09:17 PM

3. Call me stupid but,

what is the problem with Zuckerberg?
Does his team have no smarts whatsoever?

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #3)

Fri May 24, 2019, 10:21 PM

4. It's all about money.

He (and/or his team) has made the decision that the ad hits in this case are worth more than the backlash.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #3)

Fri May 24, 2019, 10:24 PM

5. Zuckerberg imo is an asshole.

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