Pelosi: ‘Social Media’ is ‘Double‑Edged Sword in Terms of Communication, Democratizing the Spread of Information’

By CNSNews.com Staff | November 16, 2020 | 11:12am EST
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at her press briefing on Friday that she is “not a big fan of Facebook” and that “social media” is a double‑edged sword in terms of communication, democratizing the spread of information.”

Pelosi was responding to a question a reporter had asked her about whether she believed “big tech” had done enough to “correct” what the reporter called “the president’s lies.”

“I'm curious, from your perspective, have you seen big tech do enough, specifically a website like Facebook, to correct the President's lies?” the reporter asked.

“I'm not a big fan of Facebook,” Pelosi responded. “I don't know what they've been doing, but I know they've been part of the problem all along.”

[T]o your point, what is happening in the social media that is so poisonous to our system? And how do we have a remedy for that?” Pelosi said. “It is, social media, the technology is a blessing, but it's a double‑edged sword in terms of communication, democratizing the spread of information. So, I would hope that they would have some sense of responsibility, because they were very much a part of causing this problem to begin with.” 

Here is a transcript of the part of Nancy Pelosi’s press briefing where she declares that she is “not a big fan of Facebook:”

Reporter: “Thank you, Madam Speaker.  As the President continues, as you noted, to falsely claim that he won the election in one form or another, his allies are making unfounded claims about irregularities with voting machines. We've seen the social media companies be forced to step in and crackdown. I'm curious, from your perspective, have you seen big tech do enough, specifically a website like Facebook, to correct the President's lies?” 

Speaker Pelosi: “I'm not a big fan of Facebook. I don't know what they've been doing, but I know they've been part of the problem all along. And I just refer back to the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committee and what they said: ‘The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.’ ‘There's no evidence that any voting system was deleted or lost votes changed, votes that were, in any way, compromised.’

"And this is so important, because we've had resistance from the other side in protecting the critical infrastructure of our elections, the mechanics of it, and this is a good report back that things were going well. 

"Two, to your point, what is happening in the social media that is so poisonous to our system? And how do we have a remedy for that? It is, social media, the technology is a blessing, but it's a double‑edged sword in terms of communication, democratizing the spread of information.  So, I would--I would hope that they would have some sense of responsibility, because they were very much a part of causing this problem to begin with. "

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