On Fox, Diamond and Silk say their debunked claims of censorship are "the new Jim Crow"

On Fox, Diamond and Silk say their debunked claims of censorship are "the new Jim Crow"

Jim Crow laws violently enforced American apartheid via mandated segregation while also tolerating lynching; meanwhile, conservative claims of tech censorship have repeatedly been debunked

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From the July 27 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Meanwhile, President Trump slamming on Twitter this week for allegedly silencing conservatives on its platform. The president tweeting, quote, "Twitter shadow banning prominent Republicans. No good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once. Many complaints." Vice News is now reporting Twitter fixed that glitch overnight. 

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Here to react, social media stars and Trump supporters Diamond and Silk, who have also told us their issues with censorship on Facebook. Welcome, ladies. Have you had -- have you had -- Diamond, if you want to answer this, have you had problems with Twitter, or is it just Facebook?

DIAMOND: It's been problems with Twitter but mostly on Facebook. 

DOOCY: So explain how shadow banning works.

DIAMOND: Shadow banning works like this here when people go and search for you in the search box, you may not come up.

SILK: Right.

DIAMOND: Or, when you put your content out there, it may not be seen. You can see it but other people can't see it, other people can come to your page, and your page won't load with your content on it. So that is the way shadow banning works.

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): That's so frustrating when you try to send out a tweet and you try to tag someone in it and you enter in their name and you expect it just to pop up, but if their name doesn't come up you have to know their exact Twitter handle to put it in. And what's happening is there's conservatives like [Rep.] Matt Gaetz [(R-FL)] said if you search his name it doesn't come up. But if you search a Democrats' name, they pop up and you just click on it so you don't have to know their exact Twitter handle. What was your reaction when the president actually tweeted about this and now apparently something's getting done about it?

DIAMOND: I was very happy. I -- we even tweeted out to thank the president. But also look at these other other social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube because they're doing the same thing. And this is a form of censorship. This -- I call this the new Jim Crow day.

SILK: That's right.

DIAMOND: Back in the day you were discriminated based on the color of your skin. Now you're being discriminated against based on the color of your politics. This is the new Jim Crow and this is the -- they're weaponizing their platforms with algorithms to suppress the voices of conservatives, of Republicans, of people that support the president. And this has got to stop.

SILK: And another lie that they're telling -- they're calling this some type of glitch or error. 

DOOCY: Right.

SILK: Well these are deliberate glitches and these are deliberate errors because it's only affecting Republicans. 

DOOCY: Well, that's interesting because they always hind behind the algorithm. The algorithm is -- it's the holy grail for each of these social media companies. It's how people are able to find things. They won't release how they are put together. But it does seem odd, ladies, doesn't it, that every time there's a glitch, it hurts a Republican and not somebody from another political party. 

SILK: Yes.

DIAMOND: It is odd. And that's how we know that this is deliberate, this is a biased attempt to silence conservative voices. And, hey, these people are going to be have to be held -- we're going to have to hold these people accountable. 

KILMEADE: Exactly. Here's what Twitter said. They said, "We don't shadow ban. We are aware that some accounts are not automatically populated in our search box and shipping to a change to address this." ... Meanwhile, "The profiles, tweets, and discussions about these accounts do appear when you search for them. To be clear, our behavioral ranking doesn't make judgments based on political views or the substance of tweets." The problem is people doubt that. 

DOOCY: I don't even understand it. 

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SILK: These social media platforms need to stop trying to be the arbitrator of true and false. When we don't want to look at fake news, we turn the channel. We don't get a third person out there to say, "Is this fake? Is this false?" We just turn the doggone channel. Allow the consumers and the viewers to dictate to whoever they want to see, allow them to be able to see whoever they want to see instead of these social media platforms being a dictator of who they want them to see.

DIAMOND: Right.

KILMEADE: Social media is committing suicide, one by one. We're just losing faith in it, one by one.

Related:

BuzzFeed: Twitter Isn't Shadow-Banning Republicans. Here's Why.

Previously:

This data conclusively debunks the myth of conservative censorship on Facebook

The main takeaways from the House's hearing with Diamond and Silk

Facebook caves to debunked claims of right-wing censorship

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