There’s a doctored video on Facebook that purports to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) drunk—or in the aftermath of a mild stroke, or…—, it’s been up for several days, and it’s well-known to have been doctored.
Of course, Progressive-Democrats are in an uproar over it and over Facebook’s refusal to remove the video altogether, even though the company has flagged it and downgraded, based on evidence of the video’s faked nature, its rate of appearance in user news feeds. I disapprove of the video, also, but only because there are plenty of things over which to criticize Pelosi and her fellows without making stuff up, too, and the fakery reduces the overall credibility of those with legitimate criticisms. However, I don’t want it taken down; that would be rank censorship.
Which brings me to my point. The Progressive-Democrats are going too far, and Facebook may finally be getting something right. Here’s Senator Mark Warner (D, VA), Senate Intelligence Committee Ranking Member, as cited by The Hill:
lawmakers need to put “guardrails in place” to prevent a “crisis of confidence” in what consumers see on social media platforms.
Who cares if consumers don’t automatically believe what they see on social media platforms? Folks in the center and to the right already are skeptical of what they see in the media, whether social or so-called news, as they should be. It’s only those to the left of center and beyond who care; it’s only the Left and its Progressive-Democratic Party who want whatever they put up to be unquestioningly accepted at face value.
Here’s Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management at Facebook:
We think it’s important for people to make their own informed choice about what to believe[.]