Diamond and Silk accuse YouTube of monetary censorship
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.
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.”