Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress today that the company contacted pro-Trump Diamond and Silk to reverse a punishment against the duo — a claim they dispute.
Just so you know; We have not communicated nor have we talk to Mark Zuckerberg or any @facebook Representative. Our last communication with FB was on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 3:40pm when they emailed us and said:
"We Were Unsafe to the Community" pic.twitter.com/hA2GRtqHAS
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) April 12, 2018
“Just so you know; We have not communicated nor have we talk(ed) to Mark Zuckerberg or any @facebook representative,” the duo tweeted Wednesday night.
“Our last communication with FB was on Thursday, April 5, 2018 and 3:40pm when they emailed us and said: “We were unsafe to the community.”
That’s in direct opposition to Zuckerberg’s testimony earlier today to members of the House of Representatives.
When being questioned by Rep. Joe Barton, Zuckerberg testified that Facebook has “already got in touch with them…”
Mark Zuckerberg addresses the censorship of Facebook duo Diamond and Silk that has conservatives up in arms. pic.twitter.com/nO1Zy3BbIw
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) April 11, 2018
“I’m going to read you a question that I was asked, I got this through Facebook and I got dozens like this: ‘Please ask Mr. Zuckerberg, why is Facebook censoring conservative bloggers such as Diamond and Silk? Facebook called them unsafe to the community. That is ludicrous. They hold conservative views. That isn’t unsafe.’
“What’s your response?” Barton questioned.
“Congressman, in that specific case, our team made an enforcement error, and we’ve already got in touch with them to reverse it,” Zuckerberg said.
The pro-Trump pair posted on the embattled social media platform on Friday night, saying after months of correspondence, they were deemed to be “unsafe to the community.”
“Diamond And Silk have been corresponding since September 7, 2017, with Facebook (owned by Mark Zuckerberg), about their bias censorship and discrimination against D&S brand page,” they wrote.
“Finally after several emails, chats, phone calls, appeals, beating around the bush, lies, and 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,” echoing the complaints of many conservative and pro-Trump pages.
Here is the reply from 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.”
The pair say it took “6 Months, 29 days, 5 hrs, 40 minutes and 43 seconds” to get a response, which they add the network said is “final and it is not appeal-able in any way.”