In recent years, Facebook has found itself the subject of intense scrutiny from lawmakers over its many privacy and data issues. Several Democratic presidential candidates have even floated plans to break up the company under anti-trust laws. And this week, another prominent politician joined the fray when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the social media giant for misleading users and abusing its position.
The Facebook business model is strictly to make 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,” Pelosi said. “I think they have been very abusive of the great opportunity that technology has given them.”
I think what they have said, very blatantly, very clearly, is that they intend to be accomplices for misleading the American people with money from god knows where,” she continued. “They have been very irresponsible … I think their behavior is shameful.”
Pelosi has a particularly personal reason to be angry at the company; last spring, a doctored video went viral on Facebook that slowed down her speech to make her appear drunk. Still, it’s unusual to hear a politician use such strong language to criticize the platform. It’s just another sign that regulation is likely coming at some point for Facebook — and that’s a good thing for users.
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