Why is Facebook Penalizing These Trump Supporters?
Diamond and Silk became instant internet legends in 2016 when they hit YouTube with their heartfelt and hilarious support of Donald Trump. Both their skin color and their status as former Democrats (and, of course, their eminently-watchable content) made them two of the biggest sensations of the season, and they have continued to be some of Trump’s biggest supporters online.
However, according to the ladies, Facebook is now censoring their content and preventing them from realizing the potential of their reach. By labeling them “unsafe” to the community, Facebook has penalized Diamond and Silk, making it impossible for them to send notifications to the viewers and fans who have supported their videos for years. Worse, the two say that Facebook gave them absolutely no explanation for why this censorship has occurred.
“Diamond and Silk have been corresponding since September 7, 2017, with Facebook (owned by Mark Zuckerberg), about their bias censorship and discrimination against D&S brand page,” they wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “Finally after several emails, chats, phone calls, appeals, beating around the bush, lies, and giving us the run around, Facebook gave us another bogus reason why millions of people who have liked and/or followed our page no longer receive notifications and why our page, post, and video reach was reduced by a very large percentage.”
Diamond and Silk then posted the message given to them from Facebook: “The policy team has come to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community.”
“Yep,” Diamond and Silk wrote, “this was FB conclusion after 6 months, 29 days, 5 hrs, 40 minutes and 43 seconds. Oh and guess what else Facebook said: ‘This decision is final and it is not appeal-able in any way.’ (Note: This is the exact wording that FB emailed to us.)”
Not satisfied with that nothing response, the ladies drew up a list of questions they wanted the powers-that-be at Facebook to answer:
“What is unsafe about two black women supporting President Donald J. Trump?” they asked in one.
“What content on our page was in violation?” they asked in another.
As Diamond and Silk themselves have pointed out in interviews, Facebook is a private company and as such is entitled to guard its algorithms and make content decisions that aren’t necessarily going to be popular or in perfect harmony with the First Amendment. That said, if it can be shown that the site is singling out certain viewpoints for censorship while leaving left-leaning content alone, it becomes a problem – both from a user standpoint and, potentially, from a legal one. At the very least, this troubling example of Silicon Valley bias is yet another piece of evidence for us to add to the “Social Media HATES Conservatism” pile.
And much like the legacy media, the online media world may soon regret taking sides in such an obvious way.