Facebook and Twitter decline Pelosi's plea to remove clip posted by Donald Trump

WION Web Team California, United States Feb 10, 2020, 12.14 PM(IST)

Nancy Pelosi tearing US President Donald Trump's State of the address. Photograph:( Reuters )

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The Democrats are enraged by the response of the social media platforms.

Facebook and Twitter have declined House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi's request to remove an edited video posted by US President Donald Trump that tried to imply that she apparently tore the paper copy of his State of the Union address while he was honouring the last living Tuskegee Airman and other attendees.

The Democrats are enraged by the response of the social media platforms.

Also read: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tears up text as Trump ends State of the Union address

Pelosi's chief of staff called Drew Hammill took to Twitter to express his views on the entire incident. 

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Democrats had requested the social media giants to remove the doctored clip and take tougher action.

Also see: Highlights from Trump's reality-TV style State of the Union address

The Republicans have argued that such policing could muzzle conservative viewpoints. The five-minute video was posted by Trump on Thursday with the caption '' powerful American stories ripped to shreds by Nancy Pelosi''.

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Both tech titans’ rejected the plea after stating that they did not violate any policy especially when Pelosi had actually torn the US President's speech after his address.

The plea's rejection comes amid heightened debate over responsibility to prevent the spread of misleading or outright false information during the 2020 presidential election.