Immensely popular video-stream bloggers Diamond and Silk are on the warpath, and Facebook is in their crosshairs. And, Facebook has gotten the message—loud and clear.
Facebook's attempts to censor Diamond and Silk because of their staunch backing of President Donald Trump have met with contempt from the public. The pair of African-American women—Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson—also have appeared on national media to rebuke the social media giant and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for discrimination and limiting reach of their posts to their huge audience.
D&S says they were sent a message that their content is "unsafe" for the Facebook community.
"Facebook gave us another bogus reason why millions of people who have liked and/or followed our page no longer receive notification and why our page, post and video reach was reduced by a very large percentage," a message on their Facebook page says.
"When we signed up with Facebook, they didn't say that this platform was only for liberal viewers," Hardaway said on a recent appearance on Fox News. "If a privately owned bakery has to go against their Christian values to bake a cake, then Mark Zuckerberg is going to have to suck it up, buttercup, and allow Diamond and Silk to speak our truth."
CBN News reported that Hardaway and Richardson put together a list of questions aimed at Zuckerberg in hopes of drawing him out on his policies. D&S says that their reach has been limited, except when they pay to boost their posts.
- "What is unsafe about two Blk-women supporting the President Donald J. Trump?"
- If our content and brand was so unsafe to the community, why is the option for us to boost our content and spend money with FB to enhance our brand page still available? Maybe FB should give us a refund since FB censored our reach."
- Lastly, didn't FB violate their own policy when FB stopped sending notifications to the millions of people who liked and followed our page?"
Hardaway and Richardson told Fox News they were provided no reason why their videos were labeled as unsafe.
"They gave us no rationale," Richardson said. "The only thing they told us is that we are unsafe for the community. We are two women of color; how are we unsafe? We don't sell drugs; we don't belong to no gangs. It's offensive; it's appalling; it taints our brand. Why are you censoring two black women? What are you not allowing our views to view our content?"
After Hardaway and Richardson appeared on the Fox & Friends program, Fox News reported that Facebook is "reconsidering classifying videos produced by Diamond and Silk."
In a statement to Fox News, a Facebook spokesperson said, "We have communicated directly with Diamond and Silk about this issue. The message they received last week was inaccurate and not reflective of the way we communicate and the people who run pages on our platform. We have provided them with more information about our policies and the tools that are applicable to their page and look forward to the opportunity to speak with them."
Charisma News has reported on several venues whose conservative views have been limited and some who have been silenced by social media. Recently, YouTube boldly suspended Rick Wiles' channel. Like Diamond and Silk, Wiles is an adamant supporter of President Trump's.
Shawn A. Akers is content development editor for Charisma Media.
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