Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) absolutely grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday over the social network’s censorship of popular pro-Trump commentators known as Diamond and Silk.
When Blackburn asked Zuckerberg straight-up if Facebook’s algorithms censor certain types of speech, Zuckerberg said content like terrorism is what’s being targeted by the algorithms.
“Congresswoman, we don’t think about what we’re doing as censoring speech. There are types of content like terrorism that I think that we all agree we do not want to have on our service,” Zuckerberg said. “So we build systems that can identify those and can remove that content, and we’re very proud of that work.”
That’s when Blackburn handed down a blunt reality check to the billionaire CEO.
“Let me tell you something right now, Diamond and Silk is not terrorism,” she shot back.
Watch the contentious exchange below:
Zuckerberg came under intense scrutiny from lawmakers during his congressional testimony this week over Facebook user data privacy and alleged censorship of conservative content.
Diamond and Silk claimed they realized their videos were being suppressed by Facebook and fought for months to get an explanation of their declining reach. Eventually, they got an answer. They didn’t like it one bit.
“The Policy team has came to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community,” the Facebook notification read. “This decision is final and it is not appeal-able in any way.”
Facebook later claimed they were in touch with Diamond and Silk about the issue and admitted they handled the situation improperly.