House Judiciary Committee - Thursday 4/26/2018
Diamond and Silk, sisters whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, testified before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday on the topic of bias against conservatives by companies like Facebook, in a hearing that frequently went off the rails. The sisters defended their claims that they were censored by the tech giant, often in very strong terms.
“You ladies are very impressive to me,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) said, “you have taken something and moved forward with it, exercising your First Amendment rights, and you've made a ton of money off Facebook, is that correct?
“Absolutely not,” Hardaway replied angrily, “Facebook censored us for six months.”
“The point I'm trying to make is you all have been bashing Facebook and you've been making a ton of money, isn't that correct?” Johnson pressed.
“We didn't bash Facebook,” Hardaway said. “We brought the light on how Facebook has been censoring conservative voices like ours... They won't let us monetize on Facebook. They stopped it for six months, 29 days. They limited our page.”
“And YouTube did also by demonetizing 95 percent of our videos for no reason at all,” Richardson chimed in, “deeming it as hate speech.”
Johnson continued in his attempts to discuss the sisters’ profits, saying “you still sell merchandise.”
“Even if we sell merchandise that don't have anything to do with Facebook,” Hardaway replied. “Facebook censored our free speech, and shame on the ones that don't even see that we have been censored.”
“When the Black Lives Matter people come in, everyone is up in arms,” she told Johnson. “Let me just say this here, if the shoe was on the other foot and Mark Zuckerberg was a conservative, and we were liberals, oh all fences and all chains would have broke loose. You know it and I know it. What I find appalling is that these Democrats, they don't want to take up for our voice because we support the president.”
“Democrats would be in the streets,” Richardson agreed. “Democrats would be in the streets right now marching and calling him all types of racist.”
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