Facebook didn't need another headache, especially one created by a top executive's crazy defense of the social media site's decision to keep the infamous doctored video of Nancy Pelosi appearing drunk in distribution on its platform.
Mark Zuckerberg's creation is already threatened with a split-up for its role in trafficking fake news and spying on its customers. The Pelosi debacle adds fuel to the legion of Facebook critics.
A dirty trickster who goes by the handle Politics Watchdog on its Facebook page took "credit" for the Drunk Nancy masterpiece.
The clever sleuths at Facebook determined it was a hoax, but decided to run it anyway, thus trashing the image of the most powerful woman in Washington. Did they think it was all just fun and games?
How could they ever justify such boneheadedness?
Monika Bickert, who is in charge of product policy and counterterrorism at Facebook, gave it her best shot.
“We think it’s important for people to make their own informed choice for what to believe,” she said told CNN's Anderson Cooper. “Our job is to make sure we are getting them accurate information.”
If one takes Bickert's words seriously, Facebook condones fake news and feels that it has the the right to distribute that junk.
In other words, Facebook knew the video was doctored and deliberately deceived consumers by showing it anyway.
Facebook pretends it's not a media company, though a huge bulk of the globe's population gets its news there.
That charade of being just a distribution platform provides Facebook immunity under the Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
That protection has got to go. It could be Pelosi's ultimate revenge on Facebook.