Diamond and Silk slam Facebook after company deems their rhetoric ‘unsafe to the community’
Popular pro-Trump vloggers Diamond and Silk slammed Facebook on Monday after the social media company said the conservative duo’s “content and brand” were “unsafe to the community.”
The two women, whose real names are Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, respectively, often appear on Fox News and created their Facebook page in 2014.
“The only thing that they told us was that it was unsafe for the community. And my theory is we are two women — two women of color — so how are we and our content and our brand unsafe for the community? We don’t sell drugs, we’re not laying out in the streets, we not no thugs, we don’t belong to no gang. So how are we unsafe to the community?” Hardaway said on Monday.
“It’s offensive, it’s appalling, it taints our brand, it taints us as women, and Facebook is supposed to be an entity where they want equality for women. So why are you censoring two women of color, two black women?”
The social media pair said they observed in September that their 1.2 million Facebook followers were not getting the usual alerts whenever they posted new content.
A Facebook representative told Fox News when asked for comment that its policy team had determined that the pair’s rhetoric was “unsafe to the community,” but added the company was “reaching out to the creators of Diamond and Silk to try to resolve this matter.”
The Hill has reached out to Facebook for comment.
The complaints come as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress in hearings set for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The 33-year-old founder has been under fire from the public and lawmakers regarding Facebook’s privacy practices amid a scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm that worked for the Trump campaign.
Cambridge Analytica obtained data on upwards of 87 million Facebook users, in the United States in 2016 without consent.
Zuckerberg was criticized for remaining silent for several days after the controversy broke.