Democrats are furious on Facebook and Twitter for refusing to remove a video posted by President Trump in which Nancy Pelosi shows his speech while a black World War II veteran was honored by Congress.
The president posted a video on Thursday for his tens of millions of followers on social media with images of the House speaker who tore up his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
The modified video, entitled “Powerful American Stories Torn to Tear by Nancy Pelosi,” makes it look like Pelosi broke off the speech just when President Charles McGee introduced it.
McGee, 100, is one of the last remaining members of the Tuskegee Airmen. He was honored by the president for flying more than 135 combat missions over Europe during the Second World War.
But real-life, unprocessed images from Trump’s address on Tuesday show Pelosi standing and applauding for McGee.
President Trump posted a video on his social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday, making House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore his State of the Union speech after introducing a member of the Tuskegee Airmen on Tuesday
The video went viral because it was viewed and shared millions of times and tens of thousands of times
The speaker tore off the President’s speech at the end of his remarks – well after the joint session of the Congress, almost unanimously paid homage to one of the last remaining Tuskegee Airmen.
The misleading operation has angry democrats, who now demand that the social media platforms where the clip went viral – Twitter and Facebook – remove it.
Hours after Trump posted the patented clip, officials from the Pelosi office contacted both Facebook and Twitter and demanded that the clip be removed.
Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff at Pelosi, wrote on social media and wrote: “Speaker Pelosi’s latest fake video is intentionally designed to mislead and lie to the American people, and every day these platforms refuse to take it down is another reminder that they care more about the interests of their shareholders than about the interests of the public. “
A Facebook spokesperson, Andy Stone, said, “Sorry, are you suggesting that the president didn’t make those comments and the speaker didn’t tear the speech?”
To which Hammill replied: “On which planet do you live? This has been deceptively changed. Take it down.’
Facebook and Twitter both refused to remove the video.
“I can confirm for you that the video does not violate our policies,” Stone said CNBC.
During Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Pelosi is stopped and applauds for World War II veteran alongside Vice President Mike Pence. President Trump can be seen in the foreground
Stone said Facebook’s policy calls for videos to be edited to make it look like someone said something they didn’t say or did something they didn’t do.
Hammill accused Facebook of pursuing profit, even if this means that the public is misinformed.
“I think they have a history here of promoting and earning money with intentionally incorrect content,” Hammill said.
Meanwhile, Twitter told the Pelosi office that its new policy against manipulated media will not take effect until March 5.
Retired US Air Force Colonel Charles McGee, who served with the Tuskegee Airmen, attended the State of the Union address with his great-grandson Iain Lanphier, 13,
McGee, 100, and his great-grandson Iain Lanphier respond when Trump delivers his State of the Union speech at a joint conference meeting
McGee, 100, flew 136 combat missions in World War II as part of the famous Tuskegee Airmen
According to current rules, the microblog site will not delete the video posted by Trump because it does not violate the old policy.
Twitter announced on Tuesday that the site would introduce new rules for manipulated media, saying: “You must not mislead synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to be harmful.
“In addition, we can label tweets that contain synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand the authenticity of the media and to provide additional context.”
Twitter has vowed to investigate videos to see ‘whether the content has been substantially edited in a way that fundamentally changes the composition, order, timing or framing’ and look at ‘visual or auditory information (such as new video frames, overdubbing’ audio or modified subtitles) that have been added or deleted. “
Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff of Pelosi, criticized Facebook and Twitter for not deleting the clip posted by Trump
Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, asked Hammill: “Sorry, are you suggesting that the president didn’t make those comments and the speaker didn’t tore the speech?”
A Twitter spokesperson was asked if the video posted by Trump violates his policy that is scheduled to take effect next month.
“I cannot comment on hypotheses,” said the spokeswoman, Katie Rosborough.
On Twitter, the video has generated more than 5 million views, 64,000 retweets, 188,500 likes and 38,000 responses.
The video has been viewed more than 2.6 million times on Facebook. It has collected more than 103,000 responses, 15,000 responses and 30,000 shares.
Democrats were furious.
House representative Don Beyer tweeted: “This video has been promoted. It has been almost a day and has been fixed on the page of the president.
“Trump posted it to mislead Americans [Pelosi’s] actions and recording.
“If I posted a published video, it would be a clear violation of the house rules.
“Twitter should remove this.”
Another democrat, home representative David Cicilline, tweeted: “Hey @ Twitter, this video is clearly edited in a way that is meant to mislead viewers.
“You should delete it.”
House representative Ro Khanna tweeted: “Twitter must now remove this misleading video about speaker Pelosi.
House representative Don Beyer tweeted: “This video has been promoted. It has been on and locked on the president’s page for almost a day. “He called on Twitter to remove the clip
House representative Ro Khanna tweeted: “Twitter must now remove this misleading video about speaker Pelosi.”
Another democrat, home representative David Cicilline, tweeted: “Hey @ Twitter, this video is clearly edited in a way that is meant to mislead viewers. You should delete it. “
“Social media platforms are a place where people come for news and information.
“They must have certain standards.
“Falsity has never been part of our 1st Amendment tradition.”
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, told CNBC: “If Nancy Pelosi is afraid of images of her tearing the speech, she might not have had to tear the speech apart.”
It is unclear who produced the video that Trump posted. DailyMail.com has contacted the White House for comments.
In the meantime, Pelosi is also trying to get Facebook to remove photos and videos that show that the speaker of the house is participating in the “tide pod challenge”.
The muffled memes make it look like Pelosi is eating a tidal pod, the small bags filled with liquid detergent.
Facebook told CNBC that it has already removed such videos.
Last year, YouTube removed a patented clip from Pelosi that made comments at an event in Washington, DC last spring. It was delayed to around 75 percent to make her look drunk or to despise her words
The deceptively edited video was changed so that Pelosi seemed to be drunk veiling her words
“When the Tide Pod challenge began, we said we would bring such videos to our attention because of our safety, so we removed this video from our platform,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
At the end of 2017 and early 2018, several teenagers uploaded videos of themselves who ate Tide Pod capsules.
The dangerous viral trend led to several thousand children – many of them under the age of five – taking the detergent.
Pelosi was also the victim of another notorious video that YouTube eventually deleted.
Last spring, a delayed video of Pelosi went online viral, distorting the speed so that she seemed to slurp her words and appear cognitively disturbed.
The video of Pelosi’s speech at a Center for American Progress event was subtly edited to make her voice unreadable and delayed, as if she were under the influence of alcohol.