The pair of outspoken Trump supporters were invited by House Republicans to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the alleged censorship of conservative voices on social media.
"This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing".
Hardaway and Richardson told the committee that the payment was improperly labeled and that money was actually a reimbursement for airfare that the two had purchased to speak at a Trump rally.
The online sensations specifically claimed that Facebook's new algorithms were wrongly categorizing their account as "liberal", in turn causing it not to appear for conservative viewers.
Writing for ThinkProgress, Judd Legum claims that Diamond and Silk have a history of misrepresenting the facts.
Diamond and Silk engaged in shouting matches with Democrats, and at one point seemed to confuse Facebook's publicly traded status with the platform being a public good.
After being pressed on their payment from the Trump campaign, the two rebuffed Rep. Jeffries for attacking what they described as their entrepreneurial spirit.
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Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, read a message from one of his constituents in one of those hearings, saying, "Why is Facebook censoring conservative bloggers such as Diamond and Silk?"
"The result is that a lot of content gets filtered out, but no more so from the right than from the left", Waldman said.
While not a household name, the duo has more than 1.4 million followers on Facebook and their YouTube channel - it's called The Viewers View - boasts more than 142,000 subscribers. Lynette "Diamond" Hardaway said that Facebook had stopped the pair from monetizing videos for "six months, 29 days, five hours, 43 minutes, and 40 seconds". Trump, being the consummate businessman that he is, was giving the women good advice, which they took.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Thursday blasted the usefulness of a House committee hearing with conservative YouTube personalities known as "Diamond and Silk", who raised allegations of political bias in technology.
Internet personalities Diamond and Silk accused Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg of trying to influence the presidential election in 2016 by censoring their posts in support of then candidate Donald Trump.
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