'Democrats Would Be in the Street': Diamond & Silk Rip Alleged Censorship, Spar With Congress
Conservative North Carolina sisters Lynette "Diamond" Hardaway and Rochelle "Silk" Richardson had several heated exchanges with lawmakers during a hearing on Capitol Hill.
The two social media personalities were witnesses at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Filtering Practices of Social Media Platforms" after previous testimony by Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg about potential censorship of conservative viewpoints.
"We brought it to the light [as to] how Facebook has been censoring conservatives like ourselves for six months and 29 days," Diamond told Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.).
Johnson asked if Diamond & Silk were "making money" on their posts, to which Diamond responded that Facebook "demonetized" their post some time ago.
"YouTube did [censor] also by demonetizing 95 percent of our videos for no reason at all, deeming it as hate speech," Silk said.
"Shame on the ones that don't even see that we have been censored, yet when the Black Lives Matter people complain about it, oh, everybody is up in arms," Diamond said.
Diamond said that if Zuckerberg was a conservative censoring the BLM movement, there would be a public and press outcry.
"Democrats don't want to take up our voices because we support the president," she said.
"Democrats would be in the street," Silk said. "[They'd] be calling them all sorts of racists."
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) called the testimony a "stupid and ridiculous hearing," saying that the First Amendment doesn't allow Congress to dictate how private interests manage content.
Silk later accused New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries of watching "fake news" after his line of questioning about reported payments from the Trump campaign.
The exchange with Jeffries brought about claims that the two women lied under oath, "Fox & Friends" reported.