Updated April 26, 2018 11:42 EDT
Supporters of Vocal Trump and personalities of the Diamond and Silk social networks, whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, are testifying, under oath, to the Committee's legislators Judicial Chamber on Thursday in the filtering practices of social networking platforms.
"Facebook censored our freedom of expression!" Diamond said aloud at one point.
The audience's focus is on what metrics social media platforms use to filter content, while social media stars accuse Facebook and others of censoring their content and decreasing its reach. The duo previously claimed unfair censorship after Facebook allegedly considered its content "unsafe for the community" and blocked its page.
In an extensive interview with Fox News "Fox and Friends" on Thursday morning, Trump praised Diamond and Silk, calling them "beautiful and wonderful women" and "warriors".
The self-proclaimed Trump "more open and loyal" supporters have garnered online followers for their policy briefs, the Trump administration and the news of the day on their YouTube channel and on Facebook and Twitter. Mr. Trump invited Internet stars to attend some of his rallies during the 2016 campaign and were photographed in the Oval Office standing next to the president.
"Subtlely and slowly Facebook used one mechanism at a time to decrease the scope by restricting our page so that our 1.2 million followers can not see our content, thus silencing our conservative voices," said Diamond and Silk in your testimony "When we got in touch with Facebook to get an explanation, they turned us around."
But Ari Waldman, director of the Law and Technology Innovation Center at New York University, said Facebook's decision to change its algorithm so people see more family and friend posts than news and other organizations. they affected much more than Diamond and Silk, and gave examples of leftist groups and people who censored their publications.
"The result is that a lot of content is filtered, but not more from the right than from the left," said Waldman.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, the highest ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, rated the audience with the two stars of social media as a "show" that should not take place when the committee should investigate more important issues.
Nadler, later in the hearing, said "no pattern has been established" that conservatives are being unfairly attacked.
Diamond and Silk were a focus for some Republicans when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress earlier this month.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, read a message from one of his constituents at one of those hearings, saying: "Why does Facebook censor conservative bloggers like Diamond and Silk? Facebook called them" unsafe "for the That's ridiculous, they have conservative opinions, that's not insecure. "
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