- Nancy Pelosi is ignoring outreach from Mark Zuckerberg after a fake video of her slurring went viral on Facebook, according to The Washington Post.
- The Post reported that the house speaker’s refusal to engage with Zuckerberg highlighted her frustration with how Facebook declined to remove the video.
- Pelosi called for greater regulation of big tech after the video spread like wildfire.
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Nancy Pelosi is said to be ghosting Mark Zuckerberg.
According to a report in The Washington Post, the house speaker has ignored the Facebook CEO’s efforts to make contact after an altered video of her went viral on the social network.
Facebook refused to remove the video, citing freedom of speech. The company did, however, downrank versions of the clip, which slows down Pelosi’s speech at a Center for American Progress event in May to make it seem as if she is slurring.
The Post said Pelosi had not personally replied to Zuckerberg after he reached out, according to two people familiar with the matter. It reflects her frustration with how Facebook handled the matter, the sources added, and her lack of appetite to hear his explanation.
Her staff and Zuckerberg’s have been in contact, The Post added. Both Facebook and Pelosi’s office declined to comment to The Post.
In the days after Facebook failed to remove the video, Pelosi suggested that the firm’s decision had convinced her it knowingly enabled Russian election interference in 2016.
“I thought it was unwittingly, but clearly they wittingly were accomplices and enablers of false information to go across Facebook,” she said last month.
Pelosi later doubled down by calling for regulation of the internet giants. “Unwarranted, concentrated economic power in the hands of a few is dangerous to democracy – especially when digital platforms control content,” she tweeted. “The era of self-regulation is over.”
The Post’s report about Pelosi giving Zuckerberg the cold shoulder came as a fake video of the Facebook CEO surfaced on Instagram. It was created as part of an exhibit called “Spectre” for the Sheffield Doc Fest, a documentary festival in the UK.
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