YouTube personalities Diamond and Silk told Fox News on Wednesday that their ears were “burning” when they heard Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg respond to a question about them at a Senate hearing the previous day.
Lynnette “Diamond" Hardaway told "Fox & Friends" that Zuckerberg's platform was becoming a "political playground for Democrats" where algorithms "censor[ed]” certain ideas. Diamond speculated that Zuckerberg was trying to interfere in the 2018 midterms and slant them toward Democrats.
Their comments came after Facebook reportedly labeled their content “unsafe to the community.”
“They don't want us to be heard because basically an election is coming up,” Rochelle “Silk” Richardson said in response.
Watch their interview below, via Fox News:
While Zuckerberg appeared before the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) specifically asked him about Facebook suppressing conservative stories and blocking Diamond and Silk's Facebook page.
In response, Zuckerberg said he understood the concern given that Silicon Valley was an “extremely left-leaning place.” Zuckerberg added that he tried to root out any bias in his company.
When Cruz pressed him on whether he was aware of any banned ads from Planned Parenthood, MoveOn.org, or a Democratic candidate, Zuckerberg said he wasn't.
During their interview, Diamond noted how Zuckerberg didn't explain why his company deemed her and her half-sister “unsafe to the community.” She also claimed that Facebook put algorithms on her page, blocking their followers from seeing their content.
“Facebook needs to take off all of those algorithms. Pull them off of our page,” she said.
When asked what she would say in a face-to-face conversation with Zuckerberg, Diamond said, “I would let him know that we are not unsafe.”
“We are not animals,” she added. “We are two black chicks that's down with politics.”