Lawmaker Tears Into Facebook CEO for ‘Manipulating Algorithm’ That Censors Content Like Diamond and Silk’s Video

Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn ripped into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday after the social media giant flagged video content from pro-Trump vloggers “Diamond and Silk” as inappropriate and “unsafe to the community.”

“Let me tell you something right now,” Blackburn told the 33-year-old Facebook founder during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. ” … Diamond and Silk is not terrorism.”

The popular duo, whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, have lashed out at Facebook since the irreversible decision, claiming they’ve lost online followers and new potential viewers are unable to “Like” their page. The two regularly appear on the ultra-conservative Fox News Network to offer their “sassy” take on all things politics.

“When you say that you deem us ‘unsafe to the community,’ what you’re saying is that we are a danger to our community,” Hardaway told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday. “It’s offensive, it’s appalling. I look at this as discrimination.”

“This is censorship,” she added. “You’re censoring our voices.”

According to The Hill, Facebook officials said they’ve been in touch with the sisters and claimed the message they received from the site last week was “inaccurate.”

Zuckerberg is finishing his second day of testimony before Congress this week amid fallout over concerns about Facebook’s privacy issues. Outrage ensued after it was revealed that close to 87 million users’ personal data was accessed by British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica without their consent.

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