‘Thanks Facebook to Qanon’s 2M Members’: Nancy Pelosi blames social media platforms for enabling the uprising and likens Capitol riots to 9/11 attacks
- Pelosi attended a talk at Chatham House in the UK
- She blames the January 6 riots on Donald Trump ‘who does not respect the oath of office’
- She went after social media companies because they had no control over extreme content
- ‘Thank you Facebook for selling 2 million members of QAnon’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Facebook during comments in the UK about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot for allowing the spread of QAnon conspiracy theories on his platform.
Speaking at Chatham House, the London-based think tank Friday, Pelosi described the riots as a failure not of democracy, but of former President Donald Trump.
“We do not see January 6 as a failure of the democratic democratic system in the United States. We see it as the actions of a president who does not respect the oath of office he has taken or the office he has held,” she said.
Her comments came about Trump after she was quoted in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book, in which General Mark Milley was told about Trump two days after the riots: “He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy.’
“Thank you Facebook for selling 2 million members of QAnon,” house speaker Nancy Pelosi said at an event at Chatham House in the UK. She criticized social media groups for allowing the spread of conspiracy theories, while rebuking former President Donald Trump for fueling the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Pelosi also went after social media companies for not finding enough ways to monitor their sites for extreme content.
“This president, that president didn’t create the problems I mentioned, but he fueled them. And this is what you need to be aware of every place. He prodded them, and the social media… made that possible. Social media, 2000 – 2 million QAnon, Finding like-minded people in that world, in the social media.’
Pelosi denounced ‘the actions of a president who does not respect the oath of office’ when referring to former President Donald Trump
She referred to an internal Facebook audit that identified millions of users who were behind QAnon conspiracies
Supporters of US President Donald Trump, including member of the QAnon conspiracy group Jake Angeli, also known as Yellowstone Wolf (C), enter the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. – Protesters broke through security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the election certification of the 2020 presidential election
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., has faced criticism from lawmakers from both parties over the role of his company’s platform in the 2016 election and subsequent events.
Then she sneered, “Thank you Facebook for selling 2 million members of QAnon. So we need to look at how social media [is] a blessing, but a two-edged sword,’ she added.
She referred to an internal Facebook audition which concluded that millions of users follow QAnon conspiracy theories.
She also compared the riots to the September 11 attacks, citing the recent marking of the event’s 20th anniversary.
“But it was a horrible, horrible, horrible day for our democracy, no doubt about it. The strength of our democracy is how we would deal with it. But as I suppose I’ll just go back to where we were last weekend. Many of us gathered in New York for the 9/11 [anniversary]. That was an attack from outside. What happened on January 6 and attack from within. Terrible in both cases,’ she said.
She expressed her condolences to the victims, including British civilians who died in the attacks.