Di­a­mond and Silk ac­cuse YouTube of mon­e­tary cen­sor­ship

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

Two of Pres­i­dent Trump’s most ar­dent sup­port­ers, the YouTube stars known as Di­a­mond and Silk, say a fi­nan­cial stran­gle­hold has been placed on their videos.

Lyn­nette Hard­way and Rochelle Richard­son of North Carolina, whose sup­port of Mr. Trump and no-non­sense de­liv­ery dur­ing the 2016 U.S. pres­i­den­tial sea­son turned them into on­line sen­sa­tions, said Thurs­day their videos have be­come ca­su­al­ties of the com­pany’s at­tempt to si­lence “ex­trem­ism.”

“@YouTube stopped over 95% per­cent of our videos from be­ing mon­e­tized, stat­ing: ‘It’s Not Suit­able For All Ad­ver­tis­ers,’” the two said in a series of tweets. “Won­der if @YouTube @ TeamYouTube stopped the mon­e­ti­za­tion of our videos be­cause we are loyal sup­port­ers of the @POTUS. Hum­mmm … how was it OK to mon­e­tize our videos for the past two years and now those same videos are no longer el­i­gi­ble for mon­e­ti­za­tion?”

The pop­u­lar duo has 89,000 sub­scribers on YouTube and 361,000 fol­low­ers on Twit­ter.

News of the largely de­mon­e­tized chan­nel comes less than two weeks af­ter the com­pany an­nounced plans to fight in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent.

“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,” the com­pany an­nounced Aug. 1 on its of­fi­cial blog.

Crit­ics ar­gue that YouTube’s stated goal is rhetor­i­cal cam­ou­flage meant to hide the sys­tem­atic si­lenc­ing of pop­u­lar right-lean­ing per­son­al­i­ties.

TWIT­TER, DI­A­MOND AND SILK

The YouTube stars known as “Di­a­mond and Silk” say 95 per­cent of their videos are no longer mon­e­tized be­cause their pro-Trump con­tent has been deemed “not suit­able for all ad­ver­tis­ers.”

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