Viral Blackburn Takes on Zuckerberg Over Alleged Censorship: Diamond & Silk Are 'Not Terrorism'
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) went after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the social media giant's alleged censorship of Lynnette "Diamond" Hardaway and Rochelle "Silk" Richardson when Zuckerberg testified before Congress on Wednesday.
Diamond and Silk, two outspoken supporters of President Trump, have alleged discrimination and censorship after they said Facebook branded them as “unsafe to the community.”
The company later backtracked, but Diamond and Silk claim there are still algorithms in place that make it difficult for their fans to view their content -- and other conservatives' content -- on Facebook.
"Do you subjectively manipulate your algorithms to prioritize or censor speech?" Blackburn asked Zuckerberg as he testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
He responded that they don't think about what they do as censoring, explaining that "there are types of content like terrorism that I think that we all agree we do not want to have on our service."
Blackburn fired back, "Let me tell you something right now: Diamond and Silk is not terrorism."
On "Outnumbered Overtime," Blackburn said she believes this will be the first of many hearings as lawmakers examine the need for privacy regulations on social media.
"The only segment of the [internet] industry that has zero regulation, zero federal statutes is social media," Blackburn said.
She added that's why she introduced the Browser Act, which would authorize the Federal Trade Commission to enforce information privacy protections that social media companies and search engine services would have to follow.
Watch Diamond & Silk explain how they think Zuckerberg is turning Facebook into a "political playground" for Democrats, here.