Diamond And Silk Appear To Lie During House Judiciary Committee Hearing

YouTube personalities Diamond and Silk- Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson- appear in a 2015 video posted to YouTube

Diamond And Silk Appear To Lie During House Judiciary Committee Hearing

At the House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York Democrat, asked the Facebook personalities Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson - known to their fans by their stage names Diamond and Silk - about a report from the Federal Election Commission showing they received a payment of $1,274.94 for "field consulting" from the Trump campaign.

One instance of a false statment was the claim that the pair were never paid by the Trump campaign, which was proven to be an incorrect statement.

In tense exchanges with representative Hakeem Jeffries of NY and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, the women also denied having ever been paid by the Trump campaign.

"Jackson Lee asked again if the figure, "$1,274.94", meant anything, to which the ladies again responded they had never been paid by the Trump campaign.

In their prepared remarks, the duo mostly lambasted Facebook for slapping "very liberal" and "Unsafe To The Community" tags on their page, which they claimed resulted in it appearing less often in the feeds of conservative users-their target demographic.

"This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing", said Rep. Ted Lieu, California Democrat.

At one point, Jeffries reminded the sisters that they were under oath under penalty of perjury. "You know what? We didn't bash Facebook".

But the sisters came to greater prominence during Zuckerberg's two-days of testimony earlier this month when several lawmakers asked him about censoring the page.

Facebook denies it, but the two women report the social media giant launched a campaign of "bias censorship and discrimination" against their D&S brand page. The women also claimed they were blocked from Facebook and stood by this despite being unable to prove anything of the sort.

Hardaway also showed screenshots comparing the number of views they used to get on videos compared to now, noting that anti-Trump pages with half the amount of followers were able to rack up hundreds of thousands of views, while Diamond and Silk's views had dropped to just thousands. "When we reached out to Facebook for an explanation, they gave us the runaround".

Facebook admitted to sending the message and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, amid his separate testimony before congress, called it an "enforcement error".

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