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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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German election: Exit polls show close race to succeed Angela Merkel

SPD leader Olaf Scholz. Photo: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg via Getty Images

BERLIN — Exit polls from Sunday's German elections showed the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) slightly ahead of the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) in a tight election race to succeed Angela Merkel.

State of play: Official results were still rolling in, but a partial count showed the SPD ahead with 26% of the vote and the CDU on just over 24%.

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Liz Cheney: Americans deserve better than choice of Biden or Trump

Rep. Liz Cheney talks with Lesley Stahl on CBS' "60 Minutes." Photo: CBS News

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday that Americans "deserve better than having to choose between" President Biden's "disastrous" policies and former President Trump, "who violated his oath of office."

Why it matters: Cheney made the remarks after CBS' Lesley Stahl put it to her in the interview that Republicans feel that her joining the House select committee in charge of investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot helps "keep the focus on Trump instead of on the shortcomings of the Biden administration."

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First look: The LCV's $4M ad buy

A screenshot from a new League of Conservation Voters ad supporting Rep. Stephanie Murphy.

The League of Conservation Voters and Climate Power are aiming another $4 million worth of ads at centrist House Democrats, urging them to support the climate provisions in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Progressive groups are trying to counter the onslaught of conservative money pouring into swing districts. Both sides are trying to define Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda and pressure lawmakers to support — or oppose — the legislation scheduled for a vote in the House this week.