Video personalities Diamond and Silk speak at a Trump campaign rally. Photo: Johnny Louis/WireImage

Facebook said Wednesday it won't attend a House Judiciary Committee hearing later this week featuring two conservative video personalities, Diamond and Silk, who have accused the social platform of limiting the reach of their videos.

Why it matters: The company would have been exposing itself to some tough exchanges if it had appeared at the hearing, which will likely focus on how web platforms treat conservative views — though Facebook has denied charges of a company-wide bias against conservatives. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the issue multiple times during his more than 10 hours of congressional testimony earlier this month.

What they're saying: "We look forward to a continuing dialogue with members of the Committee about Facebook’s strong commitment to being a platform for all voices and ideas," said a spokesperson for the company.

The details:

  • Facebook was invited to appear alongside Google and Twitter, which haven't yet confirmed whether or not they're attending.
  • Other panels will include Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson (whose YouTube personality names are Diamond and Silk), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who had a campaign ad taken down from Twitter.

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Details: A New York Post report earlier this month placed Cohen out at a restaurant in New York with his wife, while one of the sources said that more broadly he refused to wear an ankle bracelet.

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Why it matters: The sanctions designations, pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Act passed by Congress in 2016, mark a significant escalation in the Trump administration's response to the Chinese government's detainment of over 1 million Uighurs in internment camps.

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