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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made waves when she decided to shred up President Donald Trump's State of the Union address before he even finished giving his speech. Shortly after the incident, conservatives took to social media to criticize Pelosi for her actions. After all, it was rude to completely disregard the people mentioned in Trump's address, like Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee, and Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams who is on his fourth deployment to the Middle East. It was later revealed that Pelosi had preplanned the move. It wasn't a "courteous thing to do considering the alternatives," as she claimed.


Turning Point USA, the conservative college group, decided to edit a video of Trump's speech acknowledging various people who have benefited from the president's policies, along with Pelosi shredding the speech.

The video has received more than 20 million views across various platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. President Donald Trump even tweeted it himself.

And because of the massive attention the video has received, Pelosi's congressional staff and fellow Democrats are demanding Big Tech pull the plug on the video. 


Pelosi's Deputy Chief of Staff, Drew Hammill, took to Twitter to air his grievances, calling the video a deliberate move "designed to mislead and lie to the American people":

What makes this even more unbelievable: one of Facebook's communications team members, Andy Stone, even chided Hammill for making the claim. And just for clarification, Stone is a fellow Democrat. He's worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House Majority PAC and even Sen. Barbara Boxer.


But Hammill didn't like the response.

Stone pointed to one of Facebook's policies about content like this.

From Facebook policy (emphasis mine):

As a result of these partnerships and discussions, we are strengthening our policy toward misleading manipulated videos that have been identified as deepfakes. Going forward, we will remove misleading manipulated media if it meets the following criteria:

  • It has been edited or synthesized – beyond adjustments for clarity or quality – in ways that aren’t apparent to an average person and would likely mislead someone into thinking that a subject of the video said words that they did not actually say. And:
  • It is the product of artificial intelligence or machine learning that merges, replaces or superimposes content onto a video, making it appear to be authentic.

This policy does not extend to content that is parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words. 

Consistent with our existing policies, audio, photos or videos, whether a deepfake or not, will be removed from Facebook if they violate any of our other Community Standards including those governing nudity, graphic violence, voter suppression and hate speech.


According to Johnson, if Pelosi is able to successfully get this video pulled from social media, this could set a dangerous precedent. 

“If totalitarian Nancy Pelosi gets her way - every single video from every media outlet will be labeled as “edited” and “doctored.” What a dystopian hellscape," Benny Johnson, Chief Creative Officer of Turning Point USA, told Townhall. "It will be the death of media as we know it. This is congressional cancel culture and we should all fight against it."

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