When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, he probably didn’t think he would get such a vigorous defense of YouTube stars and pro-Trump advocates Diamond and Silk.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) asked Zuckerberg whether his company manipulated algorithms to censor speech on his site. Zuckerberg said he didn’t think Facebook censored speech but rather blocked certain content like terrorism.
“Congresswoman, we don’t think about what we’re doing as censoring speech,” he said. “There are types of content like terrorism that I think that we all agree we do not want to have on our service. So we build systems that can identify those and can remove that content, and we’re very proud of that work.”
Blackburn, apparently not satisfied, shot back by defending Diamond and Silk.
“Let me tell you something right now, Diamond and Silk is not terrorism,” she said.
Watch Blackburn make those comments below:
Blackburn wasn’t the only lawmaker to challenge Zuckerberg on his company’s recent regulation of Diamond and Silk’s Facebook activity. On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked Zuckerberg about Facebook’s censorship and specifically mentioned how the company described Diamond and Silk’s content as “unsafe to the community.”
Although Zuckerberg said he tried to root out bias in his company, Diamond and Silk weren’t satisfied with his answer. Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway even went so far as to say Facebook was becoming a “political playground for Democrats.”
She said she would tell Zuckerberg that she and her sister “are not unsafe.”
“We are two black chicks that’s down with politics,” she said.