House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has requested that the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter take down a viral video that criticized her ripping up of President Trump’s State of the Union speech to no avail, as The Daily Caller reports.
The video in question, which was shared by President Donald Trump and many of his supporters, replays the moment of Pelosi ripping up the speech after President Trump highlighted some of the most inspirational stories and moments from the speech, including the 100-year-old Tuskegee airman, the military family reunion, and a black girl being awarded a scholarship to the school of her choice.
As a result, Pelosi’s chief of staff Drew Hammill took to both Facebook and Twitter to criticize both companies for allowing the video to be shared. Hammill falsely described the video as “fake,” and said that “every day that these platforms refuse to take it down is another reminder that they care more about their shareholders’ interests than the public’s interests.”
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone fired right back at Hammill’s tweets, asking “Sorry, are you suggesting the President didn’t make those remarks and the Speaker didn’t rip the speech?” Stone later confirmed to CNBC that because the video does not feature “manipulated material or visuals,” it does not violate Facebook’s policies. Hammill angrily responded with “What planet are you living on? This is deceptively altered. Take it down.”
The video has currently been viewed over 2.1 million times on Twitter, and has reached over 5 million people.