The North Carolina sisters known as “Diamond and Silk” have revealed in a series of tweets (see below) that Facebook has determined their content and brand are “unsafe to the community” without a fuller explanation, and in a decision that the social media network says is final.
This development occurs as CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before Congress about the rampant harvesting of personal data and privacy violations that has prompted demands across the ideological spectrum for Facebook to be regulated like a public utility.
Diamond and Silk, former Democrats who climbed aboard the Trump train primarily because of the then-candidate’s economic message, have created a huge following with a series of irreverent YouTube videos. They first achieved prominence in that regard after they rhetorically fired back at Megyn Kelly for accusing Donald Trump of misogyny at the famoust August 2015 GOP presidential debate. Google-owned YouTube has since de-monetized their channel. They also appeared with the GOP standard-bearer (himself a former Democrat and independent) at campaign rallies, The American Mirror noted.
Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson claim that the back and forth with Facebook started about six months ago when they noticed that traffic on their Facebook page, which they created in December 2014, dropped precipitously, and millions of followers were no longer receiving notifications.
On Twitter, they called out Facebook for allegedly engaging in deliberate censorship and discrimination and wondered what could be unsafe about two black women expressing views in support of President Trump.
Just so you know, we will always have our Presidents back.— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) March 24, 2018
"Don't Get It Twisted!"
(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) pic.twitter.com/d5YwEqbT3g
Trump supporters and others have accused the progressive tech giants of engaging in censorship of right-wing websites and individuals (or those perceived as harboring conservative leanings) through methods such as algorithm changes, shadow banning, throttling, de-platforming, and de-monetization. A number of personalities and accounts on the right have found themselves suspended for alleged hate speech or violations of terms of service under broad-brush or vague standards that they claim aren’t applied to their left-wing counterparts. These allegations have been denied by the Silicon Valley media corporations.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey raised eyebrows on Friday when he praised an article advocating for Democrats to run the entire country like they do in California and proposing that Republicans be thoroughly defeated at the polls, The Wrap reported.
Along those lines, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has implied that Silicon Valley has imposed a one-party dictatorship when it comes to politics. Trump backers also speculate whether Facebook would have reached the same conclusion about Diamond and Silk’s satire if the duo were Obama or Clinton fans.
Parenthetically, in a study of 50 online publishers released last month, The Western Journal concluded that modifications to Facebook’s news feeds have adversely affected conservatives’ market share more than liberals.The Outline came up with similar findings after Facebook adjusted the news feeds to de-emphasize content from news publishers.
In an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning, Diamond stressed that their content has nothing whatsoever to do with violence or illegality (the latter which often shows up on Facebook without being blocked) and summarized the non-safe-space situation.
“We understand that Facebook is a private entity. But they are open to the public, so when you’re open to the public, the rules have to be same for everybody.”
“When we signed up for Facebook, they didn’t say that this platform was only for liberal views.”
.@DiamondandSilk: "If a privately owned bakery has to go against their Christian values to bake a cake, then Mark Zuckerberg is going to have to suck it up buttercup and allow Diamond and Silk to speak our truth." pic.twitter.com/LnukaSjwD4— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 8, 2018
The defiant duo indicated that they plan to fight back against Facebook’s attempts at what they consider censorship of pro-Trump voices.
.@DiamondandSilk have been corresponding since September 7, 2017, with @facebook (owned by Mark Zuckerberg), about their bias censorship and discrimination against D&S brand page. Finally after several emails, chats, phone calls, appeals, beating around the bush, lies, and......— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) April 7, 2018
....... giving us the run around, Facebook gave us another bogus reason why Millions of people who have liked and/or followed our page no longer receives notification and why our page, post and video reach was reduced by a very large percentage. Here is the reply from..........— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) April 7, 2018
....Facebook. Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 3:40 PM: "The Policy team has came to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community." Yep, this was FB conclusion after 6 Months, 29 days, 5 hrs, 40 minutes and 43 seconds. Oh and guess what else...— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) April 7, 2018
...Facebook said: "This decision is final and it is not appeal-able in any way." (Note: This is the exact wording that FB emailed to us.)— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) April 7, 2018
So our questions to Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) are:
1. What is unsafe about two Blk-women supporting the @POTUS @realDonaldTrump?
.....Our FB page has been created since December 2014, when exactly did the content and the brand become unsafe to the community?— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) April 7, 2018
3. When you say "community" are you referring to the Millions who liked and followed our page?
4. What content on our page was in violation?
.....If our content and brand was so unsafe to the community, why is the option for us to boost our content and spend money with FB to enhance our brand page still available? Maybe FB should give us a refund since FB censored our reach.— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) April 7, 2018
Facebook has not yet issued a public statement on the Diamond and Silk controversy. As this is a developing story, please check back for updates.
Update: In a statement, Facebook indicated that it is supposedly reconsidering its decision about classifying Diamond and Silk videos as unsafe, Fox News reported.
“We have communicated directly with Diamond And Silk about this issue. The message they received last week was inaccurate and not reflective of the way we communicate with our community and the people who run Pages on our platform. We have provided them with more information about our policies and the tools that are applicable to their Page and look forward to the opportunity to speak with them.”
In the clip below, Diamond and Silk responded to the Facebookstatement last night on The Ingraham Angle.