Black Trump-supporting sisters Diamond and Silk shook up Capitol Hill Wednesday with testimony in the House Judiciary Committee aimed at blowing the top off Facebook’s censorship of conservative voices.
And they didn’t hesitate to give lawmakers a piece of their mind.
When Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee attempted to pick apart their timeline on when Facebook censored them, and later reached out to correct the problem, Lynnette Hardaway – better known as Diamond – set the lawmaker straight.
“Hold on for a moment, Mrs. Jackson,” Hardaway said. “Don’t try to mix my words. Let me explain this to you here. April the fifth, 2018, (Facebook) took and they deemed us unsafe to the community and told us it wasn’t appeal-able.”
The powerhouse duo also sparred with Democrat Reps. Hank Johnson of Georgia, and Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
“Let me tell you something, Facebook censored us for six months,” Hardaway told Johnson in response to irrelevant questions about the money they’ve made from their massive following on the social media site.
“The point I’m trying to make is you all have been bashing Facebook and you’ve been making a ton of money, isn’t that correct?” Johnson said.
“No, no, no, wait a minute. Hold up,” Hardaway shot back. “We didn’t bash Facebook, what we did was brought it to the light on how Facebook has been censoring conservative voices like ourselves, for six months, 29 days, 5 hours, 43 minutes and 40 seconds, that’s what they did.”
“They wouldn’t let us monetize on Facebook, for six months, 29 days,” she said.
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When Jeffries pointed out that Trump reportedly encouraged the sisters to monetize their support for him during the campaign, Hardaway put him in his place, as well.
“He urged you to monetize your support for him, and I’m just trying to figure out …,” Jeffries said, trailing off.
“He urged us to monetize our platform and there’s nothing wrong with that,” Hardaway said. “You, as an African American, are not going to make us feel guilty because we’re going to get out here and take advantage of these platforms and monetize, just like everybody else do.
“I don’t see you walking up to a white person and saying, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be monetizing that.’ So why are you as an African American making it seem like there’s something wrong with us monetizing our platform?”
“I respect your game,” Jeffries said.
“It’s not a game,” Hardaway insisted.
Ironically, the hearing came amid new reports of Facebook’s political censorship run amok.
Bloggers at Chicks on the Right pointed out their own censorship struggles with the social media giant, which apparently finds Diamond and Silk “unsafe,” has no issues with pages like “Kill Trump, Hang Him, Hunt Him.”
“It’s so frustrating. We constantly have to remind our Facebook followers that they need to check their settings, because Facebook has been unliking our page FOR them. Every day, we see messages from people who tell us they’re no longer seeing our posts,” Chicks blogger Hannah Bleau wrote.
Bleau also pointed to an Instagram post by comedian Owen Benjamin, who attempted to report the “Kill Trump, Hang him, hunt him club” page for violating Facebook’s community standards.
“We looked over the group you reported, and though it doesn’t go against one of our specific Community Standards, we understand that the group or something shared on it may still be offensive to you,” Facebook wrote back in a “Thanks for your feedback” form response.
The “Kill Trump” page seems to have since disappeared, though plenty of other pages dedicated to smearing the president and his family remain.
The page “Eric & Donald Trump Jr. compensate for tiny penis’s by killing animals,” for example, has 571 members.
Facebook also links to a page called “Kill Donald Trump’s Family,” which features numerous tasteless and doctored photos of the first family.