“We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians. I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it’s wrong,” she said, according to KQED. “I can take it. … But [Facebook is] lying to the public.”
One version of the video still live on Facebook on Wednesday had nearly 3 million views.
However, users who shared the video on Facebook on mobile over the weekend received a Facebook notification that there was “additional reporting” about the video, but the notification did not explicitly say the video was false.
Facebook has not responded to CNN’s repeated requests for information about how much the down ranking had slowed the spread of the video, and if users who attempted to share the video had clicked through to see the “additional reporting” Facebook offered them about it.
YouTube removed the video soon after it became aware of the doctored clip. Twitter did not remove the video and had no comment.
Facebook declined to comment on Pelosi’s remarks.