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House Dems: Facebook 'unprepared' to fight disinformation

A group of United States House Democrats said that social media giant Facebook Inc. is "grossly unprepared" to fight disinformation ahead of the 2020 US elections after it allowed an altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi where she appears to be drunk or ill to remain online.

"The spread of political disinformation on social media poses grave consequences to our nation’s democracy," the 27 Democrats from the House Energy and Commerce Committee said. "We are concerned that you and your company are not taking these occurrences seriously and are grossly unprepared for the 2020 election," they added in a letter to Facebook.

The lawmakers said that Facebook did not do enough after the company tagged the video and warned users that the footage is considered "fake" by its partners. A Facebook spokesperson said that the social media giant will "continue to look at how we can improve our approach and the systems we've built."

Breaking the News / KP