Conservative Internet pundits Diamond and Silk lashed out at Facebook on Monday and said the social media giant’s finding that the sister duo’s “content and brand” were “unsafe to the community” amounted to character assassination.
“I find it offensive, appalling, that they will deem us, two black women, two black chicks down with politics, as being unsafe. We aren’t a menace to society, we aren’t hoodlums, we don’t sell drugs, we don’t lay out in the streets,” Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway told Fox News.
“So I don’t know where Facebook is coming from. I think this is a depravation of our character, this is clearly discrimination, this is also a violation of our civil rights,” Hardaway continued.
Rochelle Richardson, also known as “Silk,” said she suspected the crackdown was motivated by the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
“President Trump won this election by the people, we the people, through social media. And whenever they found out that’s how he won it, that’s why they’re shutting down conservative voices, people that is pro-Trump,” she said.
The North Carolina pair claimed to have first noticed about seven months ago that the 1.2 million followers of their Facebook page were not being alerted to new posts.
When asked why, a Facebook representative told Fox News that the public company’s policy team had determined the Diamond and Silk online rhetoric was “unsafe to the community.”
When pressed for further comment Monday, a Facebook spokesperson said they were “reaching out to the creators of Diamond and Silk to try to resolve this matter.”
Hardaway said Monday it was important for them to speak out because Facebook could clamp down on other personalities.
“Today it’s me, tomorrow it could be you. I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on. This is dangerous,” she said.
Read original article by Naomi Lim, The Washington Examiner, April 9, 2018 here