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Diamond & Silk rip Facebook’s censors for election rigging

Facebook was supposed to go after terrorists and propagandists but ended up censoring black Republican conservatives who didn't even cuss in their posts and podcasts

Millions of people are deleting the Facebook app from their cell phones or choosing not to use their accounts because of the corporation’s increasingly anti-free speech policies against citizens of the U.S. like Diamond & Silk instead of the foreign propagandists, terror supporters and mass murderers they’re supposed to be targeting. Zuckerberg and his censors are targeting thought they don’t like and that suppression of ideas in the USA is dangerous.  Zuckerberg operates a publicly-traded corporation that has never disclosed the secret “censorship” agreement he entered with the Israeli government in 2016.

The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States doesn’t apply to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media site.  It only applies to government.  Facebook is a publicly-traded corporation and corporations don’t have to honor the 1st Amendment.   

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told  Congress in August that he has 20,000 censors and “artificial intelligence” trolling through words and phrases in millions of Facebook posts.  They’re supposed to be looking for foreign propagandists trying to influence elections in the U.S. and terrorists.

But Zuckerberg’s censors and software algorithms are actually looking for thoughts to censor that have resulted in people like Diamond and Silk with large “intellectual” followings finding themselves locked out of their accounts and blocked from posting.   It’s the same with black conservative author and blogger David J. Harris, Jr. whose posts were unpublished by Facebook. 

David J. Harris, Jr. decided to monetize the content he was creating and submit it to Facebook. All went well until his black conservative ideas came to the attention of Mark Zuckerberg’s human and artificial intelligence censors. His content was deemed offensive and unpublished without warning or appeal.

It’s even the same with this writer.  A post about a South Euclid resident illegally holding office on Cleveland city council was deleted by Facebook as offensive.  No warning.  No chance to appeal.  No phone number to call or customer service representative to review it.  Only a reminder that future violations would result in a deleted account.

Diamond & Silk were entertainment during President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.  Their real names are Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson and they burst onto the national conscientious as his supporters and haven’t looked back. 

The two didn’t buy the thought that Trump was a racist because he’d been tight with black celebrities and rappers who’d made him popular.  Black folk around him knew that Trump dated a half-black model named Kara Young who Melania looks like; and that he was with her before Melania.  Rev. Jesse Jackson couldn’t undo the truth that Trump gave him free rent on Wall Street in Trump Tower to open his Wall Street Project.  The two saw past the rhetoric of folk they labeled “dummycrats” and backed their guy.   

Speaking up for Donald Trump as a candidate and president has earned Diamond & Silk the nicknames reserved for people the collective “black community” see as not representing “their” views. But in their war with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the two have become “free speech warriors” the black community should consider supporting. If their voices can be cut off who’s next?

Diamond and Silk took to the media and started challenging Trump’s critics.   Doing so created them a social media following of 1.2 million.  They even made former Newsone host Roland Martin look uninformed when he asked for specifics about Trump’s plans to create jobs for black America and they started discussing his trade and tax plans. 

Martin went through a litany of steps Congress would need to take to do it in an effort to discredit what they’d shared of Trump’s economic plan for black folks.  Martin wasn’t around on Newsone after his show was cancelled in December 2017 to give the two an apology.

There’s nothing offensive about Diamond & Silk’s diatribes favoring Trump but the fact that those who don’t support him don’t like their words.  They don’t cuss.  They don’t express anything resembling an anti-American view.  They’re just conservative black Republicans.

One of their video journeys included a trip to Los Angeles-based U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters’ office.  Her staff might have called to complain because they said she lived in a $1.4 million house on a $170,000 a year salary.  The idea that they’d find themselves stripped of being able to communicate with the social network they used Zuckerberg’s platform to build makes no sense.

In April 2018 Diamond & Silk offered testimony to  Congress’s Senate Judiciary Committee and ripped Zuckerberg’s decision to “weaponize” their page. 

U.S. Rep. Jim Hines, a Connecticut Democrat, spoke before Diamond and Silk and supported Facebook’s unbelievable claim that restrictions on their page was an error it took them almost 7 months to connect with the two and fix.  Their rebuttal ignored his rant as nothing more than hype from a “dummycrat.”

Congress was told in April 2018 how Facebook identified the two black conservatives as “ultra-liberal” to advertisers and offered them no way to change that wrong designation.  It meant they’d receive messages that were not connected to their political interests.  It also meant people who shared their political interests were not seeing them in Facebook’s algorithms.

Diamond or Hardaway shared analytics from their page and others showing how a “liberal” with fewer than 500,000 followers garnered almost 20 million in views where a video they posted to their 1.2 million followers generated 37,000 views.  After they complained and Facebook corrected the “problem” Congress was told they posted the same video and it generated about 500,000 views.

YouTube simply labeled their videos “hate speech” and de-monetized their content.

Hardaway wasn’t playing with Zuckerberg when she accused him of interfering with the elections with his arbitrary and artificial intelligence censorship of conservative “thought.”

Diamond and Silk may have been funny during the 2016 campaign on their “Stump for Trump” tour. The two weren’t funny when they ripped Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for using human and artificial intelligence censors to interfere with the nation’s 2018 elections by determining who can be heard and not; and who can see what from their family, friends and followers.

While Hines sought to diminish the substance of their free speech discussion, and members of Congress asked them questions about the money they earned that hadn’t been asked of any other persons offering testimony, their censorship should also be generating a much larger national discussion than the one that’s currently taking place.  

There are government agencies with social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.  Federal, state and local elected officials have social media pages where they communicate officially to their constituents and others.  Political parties with opposing views in damn near every county in the nation have social media pages.  The idea that Facebook’s human and artificial intelligence censors could determine that an official statement contains offensive thoughts and block its release to citizens who have a legal need to know the information is dangerous.

Republicans “chose” Diamond and Silk to testify about Zuckerberg’s bias-driven and irrational censorship.  As Descendants of Slaves they have a deeper loyalty and longer history in the USA than Zuckerberg’s ancestors; and a deeper investment in the message citizens like them can receive from the nation’s elected officials.  

But there are other players in the back and foreground of Zuckerberg’s censorship of thought in the United States that should put him in the crosshairs of a federal prosecutor.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Israeli Prime Minister met and agreed to censor critical speech about Israel. There’s no reference to Zuckerberg’s name on the U.S. Department of Justice’s website where he’s registered as a foreign agent.

Zuckerberg operates in the USA and is a citizen of this nation.   His corporation has entered an agreement with Israel to “monitor and control content” that leads to negative thoughts about the Israeli government’s acts on the world stage.

Zuckerberg’s employees met with Israeli interior minister Gilad Erdan and justice minister Ayelet Shaked and agreed to create teams that would monitor and remove inflammatory content in and around Israel and the world.  Individuals who make comments that are deemed not in the Israeli government’s best interest are flagged.  Zuckerberg also agreed to turnover information to Israeli authorities.  In Jerusalem their secret agreement has resulted in Palestinians being arrested for criticizing the government and not committing any acts of violence attorney Mahmoud Hassan told a reporter for the Independent.

Facebook “imperialistically” issued a statement to the world about that it had an agreement with the Israeli government and it was no one else’s business.  Zuckerberg hasn’t reported the publicly-traded corporation’s secret deal with the Israeli government to Congress in two appearances. It’s not in his Series 10K filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.  He’s not registered with the U.S. Department of Justice as a possible unregistered foreign agent. 

Zuckerberg’s decision to censor Diamond and Silk opened a new perspective about the independent acts he’s engaged in with the Israeli government and just who and what his human and artificial censors are targeting as promoters of “hate speech.”

When Zuckerberg’s employees spoke to the Guardian in 2016 they shared that the hate speech focus was supposed to be on terrorism.

” … there is no place for terrorists or content that promotes terrorism on Facebook” the Guardian reported.

Diamond and Silk don’t look anything like terrorists.  Zuckerberg’s secret collaboration with the Israeli government looks troublesome.

Eric Jonathan Brewer
Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more. Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings. As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national. Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year. Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.

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