During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s second day of Congressional testimony Wednesday, he was asked about Diamond and Silk, two sisters known for their pro-Trump beliefs who have garnered a large conservative fanbase.
Reading from a message he said was sent to him by a constituent via Facebook, Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas said: “Why is Facebook censoring conservative bloggers such as Diamond and Silk? Facebook called them ‘unsafe’ to the community. That is ludicrous. They hold conservative views. That isn’t unsafe.”
“Congressman,” Zuckerberg responded, “in that specific case, our team made an enforcement error and we have already gotten in touch with them to reverse it.”
Zuckerberg appeared to confirm the news that Facebook had sent Diamond and Silk, otherwise known as Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, a note saying their “content and brand” were “unsafe to the community.”
Sen. Ted Cruz also brought up Diamond and Silk during his heated exchange with Zuckerberg on Tuesday, citing them as an example of what he characterized as Facebook’s “pattern of bias and political censorship.”
Who are Diamond and Silk?
With 1.3 million followers on Facebook, Diamond and Silk are a North Carolina-based pair of sisters who grew a substantial conservative fanbase thanks to their charismatic videos supporting President Donald Trump.