Facebook is in the spotlight again this time for allegedly censoring popular Pro-Trump internet sensations Diamond and Silk. The duo became even more popular during the 2016 election for their support of President Trump. Diamond and Silk have been going back and forth with Facebook over the course of “6 months, 29 days, 5 hours, 40 minutes, and 43 seconds over why their millions of followers and people that like and/or followed their page were no longer receiving notifications and why their page, post, and video reach was reduced by a very large percentage. (Brietbart, http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/04/08/facebook-allegedly-deems-pro-trump-diamond-and-silk-unsafe-to-the-community/)
After many emails, chats, phone calls, appeals, and ‘Facebook beating around the bush’ Facebook gave the duo another reason as to why their content was being censored.
On Thursday April 5, 2018 at 3:40PM Facebook stated, “The Policy team has came to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community”. Facebook also stated that “This decision is final and it is not appeal-able in any way”
Diamond and Silk then posted multiple questions to Facebook as well as Mark Zuckerberg. The questions were as follows:
1. What is unsafe about two Blk-women supporting the President Donald J. Trump?
2. Our FB page has been created since December 2014, when exactly did the content and the brand become unsafe to the community?
3. When you say “community” are you referring to the Millions who liked and followed our page?
4. What content on our page was in violation?
5. If our content and brand was so unsafe to the community, why is the option for us to boost our content and spend money with FB to enhance our brand page still available? Maybe FB should give us a refund since FB censored our reach.
6. Lastly, didn’t FB violate their own policy when FB stopped sending notifications to the Millions of people who liked and followed our brand page?
The Duo so far has not heard anything back from Facebook, but are looking for answers to their questions. With all that is going on with Facebook regarding privacy concerns for millions of users as well as what appears to be censorship of content that might be “deemed” unsafe by the policy team, will more people start jumping ship for better social media alternatives?
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