Diamond and Silk appeared before Congress today to address the issue of Facebook censoring conservative news and media outlets.
Their prepared statement was released to the media prior to their appearance. Here’s a portion of their statement before Congress:
We would like to thank the judiciary committee for allowing us the opportunity to voice our concerns about conservatives being targeted and censored on social media platforms.
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Facebook along with other social media sites have taken aggressive actions to silence conservative voices such as ourselves by deliberately restricting and weaponizing our page with algorithms that censored and suppress our free speech.
These bias algorithms are tactics designed to pick up on keywords, thus telling the pages how to behave in ways that repress and stifles expressed ideas including Shadow banning, which blocked our content from being seen by our followers while depriving our brand through the demonetization of our videos. Followers stop receiving notifications when we posted videos & content. Followers were also mysteriously unliked from our page.
Subtle and slowly Facebook used one mechanism at a time to diminish our reach by restricting our page so that our 1.2 million followers would not see our content thus silencing our conservative voices. When we reached out to Facebook for an explanation, they gave us the run around.
In addtion to their testomony, Diamond and Silk provided Congress with plenty of exmaples (like the video below) of how Facebook was censoring their content.
On September 7, 2017 we received a message on our Facebook page which stated that limits have been placed on Diamond and Silk.
Unfortunately, instead of addressing the serious problem of censorship on social media platforms that control the flow of news, Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA), the congressman who actually expressed concern to his fellow members of Congress that the island of Guam might tip over, because it was occupied by too many people (see video below) tried to turn the discussion into a shaming session of Diamond and Silk because they were “making money” by monetizing their content on Facebook.
These brave conservatives are not the type of women to take unfounded criticism lightly. Within seconds, they were on to the Congressman’s lame attempt to shame them for working hard to build a massive pro-Trump audience and then monetizing that audience. Both women quickly reminded the ignorant Congressman that they are simply two black women attempting to live the American dream.
Rep. Johnson brought up the fact that Trump introduced Diamond and Silk at a rally, and tried to shame them by insinuating that their brand was given a financial boost by his endorsement, to which Diamond responded: “Facebook censored our free speech and shame on the ones that don’t even see that we have been censored. Yet, when the Black Lives Matter people complain about it, oh, everybody is up in arms! But let me say this, ‘If the shoe was on the other foot and Mark Zuckerberg was a conservative, and we were liberals, oh…all fences and all chains would have broke loose, you know it, and I know it. But what I find appalling, is that these Democrats, they don’t want to take up for our voices, because we support the President.”
Silk chimed in: “Democrats would be in the streets right now marching, and calling him all kinds of ‘racist’.”
Johnson again tried to shame them for monetizing their content, by telling them that they’ve given “a tremendous platform with this hearing to make a ton of money.”
Silk brilliantly responded by asking everyone watching to follow them on Facebook.
Diamond responded by saying :” Yes because that’s what it’s all about. It’s supposed to be about obtaining the American dream. We are African-American women, and if illegal aliens can come over here and build businesses, why can’t we? And we were born on this soil!”
Johnson again attempted again to shame Diamond and Silk for monetizing their content.
Diamond responded: “You’re not gonna brush us off, and dismiss us like we don’t have merit here. These people censor us for no reason they put limitations on our page for no reason, and that is wrong!”
Rep. Johnson again tried to shame them for trying to make money by using Facebook to reach their audience.
“Well, if Facebook is a platform for making money, then so be it. And don’t make us feel guilty for making money. We’ve spent money!”