House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Facebook during her weekly press briefing Thursday, saying the world's largest social network is strictly focused on making money.
"They don't care about the impact on children, they don't care about truth, they don't care about where this is all coming from, and they have said, even if they know it's not true, they will print it," said Pelosi, appearing to reference the company's. "I think they have been very abusive of the great opportunity that technology has given them."
Facebook has faced sharp criticism of its political-ad policy. Earlier this month, the company unveiled a handful of updates designed to lets politicians lie in those messages.they see on the social network, but the company stood firm on a policy that
Pelosi said Thursday that Facebook's behavior is "shameful" and that the company has said "very blatantly, very clearly, that they intend to be accomplices for misleading the American people."
Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pelosi clashed with Facebook last year over a viral video on the site that was. In June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social network could've acted more quickly to flag the video as fake, but he .
Since then Facebook has said it'll artificial intelligence to show people doing or saying something they didn't -- to help stop the spread of misinformation ahead of the 2020 US election. The new policy, however, doesn't appear to ban all edited or manipulated videos, like the one of Pelosi.-- a form of video manipulated by
Originally published Jan. 16, 10:18 a.m. PT.
Update, 10:52 a.m.: Adds more background.