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House Republicans have invited “Diamond” and “Silk,” two conservative video bloggers who were deemed “unsafe” by Facebook after becoming online sensations, to testify next week about allegations of conservative bias online.

The hearing, set for Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee, comes as Republicans accuse Facebook, Google and Twitter of favoring the liberal points of view popular in Silicon Valley and censoring conservative opinions. All three companies have been invited to attend the hearing but have not said whether they will attend.

Diamond and Silk are the nicknames of two North Carolina sisters who rose to online stardom during the 2016 presidential campaign because of their irreverent and outspoken support for Republican Donald Trump at a time when most other prominent African Americans were supporting his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Diamond and Silk, by contrast, once said of Clinton, “She’s not our slave master.”

The duo, whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, became particularly popular among conservatives, amassing 1.6 million followers on Facebook and 146,000 subscribers on YouTube.

House Republicans have invited “Diamond” and “Silk,” two conservative video bloggers who were deemed “unsafe” by Facebook after becoming online sensations, to testify next week about allegations of conservative bias online.

The hearing, set for Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee, comes as Republicans accuse Facebook, Google and Twitter of favoring the liberal points of view popular in Silicon Valley and censoring conservative opinions. All three companies have been invited to attend the hearing but have not said whether they will attend.

Diamond and Silk are the nicknames of two North Carolina sisters who rose to online stardom during the 2016 presidential campaign because of their irreverent and outspoken support for Republican Donald Trump at a time when most other prominent African Americans were supporting his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Diamond and Silk, by contrast, once said of Clinton, “She’s not our slave master.”

The duo, whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, became particularly popular among conservatives, amassing 1.6 million followers on Facebook and 146,000 subscribers on YouTube.

Facebook has acknowledged sending the message to Diamond and Silk, but it also said it was “inaccurate.” The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday night.

“We have communicated directly with Diamond And Silk about this issue,” Facebook said in a statement last week. “The message they received last week was inaccurate and not reflective of the way we communicate with our community and the people who run Pages on our platform. We have provided them with more information about our policies and the tools that are applicable to their Page and look forward to the opportunity to speak with them.”

Article ByTony Romm and Craig Timberg

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