The popular Facebook duo — two conservative women known as Diamond and Silk — took their complaints about the social network’s censoring of supporters of President Donald Trump to the nation’s capital this week.
At a hearing on Thursday, called “Filtering Practices of Social Media Platforms,” the two testified to congressional members that they’ve witnessed an anti-right wing bias in Facebook and other social media outlets when it comes to their reach.
In particular, the African-American sisters, who have amassed 1.4 million likes on Facebook, clashed with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas). The two claim that back in September, their followers were no longer notified about their posts and that this hurt their reach on the social network in the months that followed.
“Facebook censored our free speech and shame on the ones that don’t even see that we have been censored!” Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway said to the House Judiciary Committee. “If the shoe was on the other foot and Mark Zuckerberg was a conservative and we were liberals, all fences and all chains would have broke[n] loose. You know it and I know it.”
In their testimony, Diamond and Silk said their livelihood depended on the reach they receive on social media, including Facebook, as multiple media outlets reported.
“We are African-American women,” Hardaway told Rep. Henry Johnson (D-Ga.). “If illegal aliens can come over here and build businesses, why can’t we?”
On “The Ingraham Angle” on Friday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham and contributor Raymond Arroyo touched on the topic — and were impressed by the courage Diamond and Silk have shown while arguing in front of Congress and in making their case across the board.
“Tyler Perry should sign them up,” Arroyo said. “’Diamond and Silk Go to Washington.’ This is a miniseries.”
Ingraham said she was entertained by Diamond and Silk’s quarrel about an important topic.
“They wouldn’t even let them get a question in,” she said in reference to Diamond and Silk’s strength on the stand. ”Every time they tried to get one in, Silk would be like, ‘Mm-hmm.’ I love Silk. She’s great.”
These two individuals are willing to fight for their freedom of speech in an era in which the Left wants to censor anyone with whom it disagrees.
Diamond and Silk are addressing censorship at a time when Google, Facebook and YouTube are dominating the internet. These two individuals are willing to fight for their freedom of speech in an era in which the Left wants to censor anyone with whom it disagrees.
The two are not afraid to stand up for their beliefs and ideas in front of powerful politicians. The duo should be an inspiration to all about expressing ideas publicly and continuing to stand up for free speech in general and America — period.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.