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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told KQED News on Wednesday that Facebook's resistance to remove a doctored video of her serves as evidence that the company's leaders were "willing enablers" of Russian interference.

"I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election."
— Nancy Pelosi

Context: The video in question slowed Pelosi's speech to the point of sounding questionably slurred. Although the footage has since been deemed false, Facebook declined to remove it, instead opting to reduce the video's newsfeed appearances.

  • Facebook also added links to fact-checking sources alongside the video, as well as a prompt linking to "additional reporting" should someone attempt to share the clip.

The big picture: Although Facebook says it doesn't have a policy prohibiting false information from its site, per the Washington Post, the company has claimed that it's actively working toward preventing the spread of misinformation, specifically following the 2016 election.

  • The social media platform was a hotbed for Russian ads used to influence 2016 election outcomes. Earlier this month, Congress released 3,500 ads that had been posted on Facebook and Instagram, demonstrating in broad detail what campaigns looked like and how they targeted unsuspecting Americans.

The bottom line: While the video doesn't break any of the platform's stated rules, the incident illustrates the impact of misinformation in a social media age.

Go deeper: Doctored Pelosi video shows Facebook's challenge ahead of 2020

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Gonzaga University revokes NBA great John Stockton's tickets over mask stance

Former Utah Jazz player John Stockton during a 2017 press conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Gonzaga University suspend the season tickets of notable alumni John Stockton after the NBA Hall of Famer failed to comply with the school's basketball games mask mandate, the Spokesman-Review first reported.

Driving the news: "Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit," the former Utah Jazz point guard told the outlet in an interview Saturday.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Chargés d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).