Diamond and Silk Warn of a Class Action Lawsuit Over YouTube Censorship


Lynnette Hardway and Rochelle Richardson, better known on YouTube as Diamond and Silk, are very popular social media celebrities, famous for their unbridled defense of President Donald Trump.

They and their message are being censored by YouTube for no obvious reason other than they are Trump supporters, although You Tube has a different take.

Diamond and Silk have more than 92,000 subscribers on YouTube, 365,000 followers on Twitter, and more than one million followers on Facebook. It’s a large platform for their pro-Trump message. They believe their videos were de-monetized because they are Trump supporters.

This censorship came two weeks after the company announced their “tougher standards” policy [emphasis added by the Sentinel]:

Tougher standards: We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism. If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes. We’ll begin to roll this new treatment out to videos on desktop versions of YouTube in the coming weeks, and will bring it to mobile experiences soon thereafter. These new approaches entail significant new internal tools and processes, and will take time to fully implement.

Diamond and Silk posted the following YouTube video Saturday, saying that their videos are being called hate speech or violent extremism or may contain controversial religious or supremacist content.

They ask you to be the judge.

YouTube’s actions appear to be more left-wing fascism in the Sentinel’s opinion. It’s certainly not in line with the 1st Amendment to do what they appear to be doing — silencing the opposition.

You be the judge.

YouTube responded.

The ladies responded less than three hours later, suggesting social media might be looking at a class action suit.

You might want to read James Damore’s article in the Wall Street Journal on why Google aka Goolag fired him. “Echo chambers” he says, must guard against opposition. The diversity screed must be followed, he warns.

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