Diamond and Silk say Facebook silencing conservatives, in Capitol Hill testimony

Diamond and Silk say Facebook silencing conservatives, in Capitol Hill testimony

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries confronts Diamond and Silk with the FEC record showing the duo were paid $1,274.94 for field consulting work despite them repeatedly telling a congressional committee that they've never been paid by the Trump campaign. Again, they doubled down and, contrary to the FEC filings, said they had never been paid for consulting.

In tense exchanges with representative Hakeem Jeffries of NY and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, the women also denied having ever been paid by the Trump campaign.

The Trump-supporting pair were in Washington to speak about anti-conservative bias on social media platforms. When asked specifically about Diamond and Silk's claims, he said that they had mistakenly received a message calling their content unsafe and the error was being resolved.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, called the hearing with the two social media stars is a "spectacle" that shouldn't be taking place when the committee should be investigating more important issues.

More news: 13:51Windrush Scandal: Shadow Minister Reportedly Urges UK Home Secretary to Resign

According to several reporters, the pair were asked by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee if they had ever been paid by the Trump campaign. Trump, being the consummate businessman that he is, was giving the women good advice, which they took.

"You as an African American are not going to make us feel guilty for... monetizing our platform!" she shouted. "... Facebook censored our free speech".

When Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, known more commonly by their internet monickers of "Diamond and Silk", affirmed that Jeffries' recollection was correct, the congressman offered another question: "Are you aware that your testimony today is under oath subject to the penalty of perjury?"

"I respect your game", Jeffries replied.

More news: Deontay Wilder offers Anthony Joshua $70m purse for world heavyweight unification fight

"When we reached out to Facebook for an explanation, they gave us the run around", they said.

Legum further went on to point out that Diamond and Silk's Facebook videos actually get more views that Rachel Maddow's, even though Maddow has a top-rated cable news show.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified on Capitol Hill earlier this month, and said his company is just trying to prevent interference in the 2018 elections.

The women, who have gained a conservative following and sparred frequently with Facebook over its policies, spoke as part of a hearing on social media "filtering".

More news: Vieira 'ready for Europe' amid Arsenal links

Related Articles

  • Bill Cosby Guilty In Sex Assault Trial

    Bill Cosby Guilty In Sex Assault Trial

    The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. And they heard from a witness who says Cosby's chief accuser talked about framing a high-profile person to score a big payday.
    Hey Alexa! Amazon launches video-enabled Echo Spot for Rs 10499

    Hey Alexa! Amazon launches video-enabled Echo Spot for Rs 10499

    Amazon has brought yet another member of its Echo family to India, the alarm clock-shaped Echo Spot with Alexa support. The company has also set up special kiosks in Bangalore, Mumbai and across other 350 offline retail outlets in India.
    Trump says Mnuchin, USTR to travel to China for trade talks

    Trump says Mnuchin, USTR to travel to China for trade talks

    While the meeting with Yi did not focus on trade with China , Mnuchin said he remains "cautiously optimistic" about the issue. Christopher Balding, associate professor at the HSBC Business School in Shenzhen, said: "I wouldn't read too much into it".
  • Thunder-Jazz Game 5: By the Numbers

    Thunder-Jazz Game 5: By the Numbers

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the second hal. Oklahoma City took advantage after Utah's post players, Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, got into foul trouble.
    What is Recommendation from Analysts on Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LYG)?

    What is Recommendation from Analysts on Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LYG)?

    Aluminum producers are sinking after the Treasury Department moved to ease sanctions against Russian aluminum company Rusal. If we checked the overall image of stock during recent quarter then we found that stock performance is trading down -9.49%.
    Spotify makes improvements to its ad-supported experience

    Spotify makes improvements to its ad-supported experience

    Now that Spotify is officially a public company , it has to continually make more money year-over-year to appease shareholders. While the basic goal of the app remains the same, it has undergone various changes which would benefit the free subscriber.
  • Senate Committee Approves Bill Protecting Special Counsel, Dems Demand Vote

    Senate Committee Approves Bill Protecting Special Counsel, Dems Demand Vote

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the bill is unnecessary and that he will not bring it to the floor. Legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired advanced through a Senate committee on Thursday.
    Kanye West: I love Donald Trump - he is my brother

    Kanye West: I love Donald Trump - he is my brother

    She said he will "never run in the race of popular opinion", as she added: 'Kanye is ahead of his time '. On April 21, West sent a tweet supporting a conservative black Trump supporter .
    Jazz Artist-Turned-Schoolhouse Rocker Bob Dorough Passes

    Jazz Artist-Turned-Schoolhouse Rocker Bob Dorough Passes

    He also wrote songs including " Conjunction Junction ", "Verb", " The Shot Heard 'Round the World ", and more. The Jazz musician was the musical director for the educational cartoon series between 1973 and 1985.
  • Facebook, Inc. Q1 Earnings, Revenue Top Analysts' Expectations

    Facebook, Inc. Q1 Earnings, Revenue Top Analysts' Expectations

    Yet despite the challenges, Facebook's extensive role in advertising strategies was made apparent in the quarterly results. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, said some advertisers had taken a "pause" with Facebook amid the scandal.
    Chelsea, Arsenal target Ancelotti handed Italy job

    Chelsea, Arsenal target Ancelotti handed Italy job

    We couldn't talk about the programme and the financial side. "Since we are obliged to respect the rules, we spoke about other things".
    2 officers, 1 civilian shot in Texas

    2 officers, 1 civilian shot in Texas

    The male officer, who was shot in the back of the head, has succumbed to his injuries, according to a local NBC affiliate. A suspect is in custody after two Dallas police officers were critically wounded in a shooting outside a hardware store.