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California's Gavin Newsom slams Facebook for not pulling doctored Nancy Pelosi video

During an interview with "Axios on HBO," California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) criticized Facebook for not pulling the doctored video of Nancy Pelosi off its platform, saying, "It’s just fake — it's made up. It's doctored. It's done for political purposes."

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A new attack on social media's immunity

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

For all the talk of antitrust investigations, the bigger threat to tech platforms like Google and Facebook is an intensifying call from Congress to revamp a law that shields them and other web companies from legal liability for users' posts.

Driving the news: House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff today joined a motley group of policymakers calling to reconsider the legal protections afforded to tech platforms. It's a broadening of a line of attack that caught fire last year when a new law made it easier to sue tech platforms for hosting sex-trafficking ads.