During his hearing before Congress today, the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg claimed that do to an “enforcement error” YouTube stars Diamond and Silk experienced limited reach on the social media platform.
Appearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington today, Zuckerberg was told by Republican Rep. Joe Barton, who represents Texas’s 6th congressional district and is vice-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “I’m going to read you a question that I was asked, I got this through Facebook and I’ve got dozens like this. Please ask Mr. Zuckerberg 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.’ What’s your response to that?” asked Barton.
“Congressman, in that specific case, our team made an enforcement error. And we have already gotten in touch with them to reverse it,” replied Zuckerberg.
A Facebook spokesperson speaking to the Washington Post was quoted saying: We have communicated directly with Diamond And Silk about this issue. The message they received last week was inaccurate and not reflective of the way we communicate with our community and the people who run Pages on our platform. We have provided them with more information about our policies and the tools that are applicable to their Page and look forward to the opportunity to speak with them.
Contrary to what Facebook has claimed, Diamond and Silk stated they’ve never been contacted by the social media site since branded “unsafe to the community.”
During an interview the entertainers stated, “We have not heard from Facebook, they have not communicated with us. We haven’t talked to them by phone. We haven’t heard from Facebook.”
“Senator Ted Cruz also questioned Zuckerberg over the banning of Diamond and Silk in a hearing with Zuckerberg yesterday, the Facebook CEO said at the time that Silicon Valley was ‘an extremely left-leaning place,’ but that ‘I try to root out in the company is making sure we don’t have any bias in the work we do, and I think it is a fair concern that people would wonder about,'” reports Breitbart.