Conservative social media personalities Diamond & Silk testified under oath before Congress on Thursday and made several false statements to the House Judiciary Committee regarding Facebook “censorship” and a payment they received from the Trump campaign shortly after the 2016 election.

“Facebook censored us for 6 months,” said Lynnette Hardaway, one member of the pro-Trump sister duo, when asked whether the two had been “blocked” by the platform. “…Facebook censored our free speech.”

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Earlier in their testimony, the two women claimed that “subtle and slowly, Facebook used one mechanism at a time to diminish reach by restricting our page so that our 1.2 million followers would not see our content, thus silencing our conservative voices.”

“When we reached out to Facebook for an explanation, they gave us the run around,” they said.

CREDIT: YouTube Screenshot Diamond and Silk’s Facebook censorship claim is a hoax

As ThinkProgress previously reported, the claim that Diamond and Silk were “censored” or “blocked” on Facebook is false.

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The two also claimed, in an angry exchange with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), that they had never received money from the Trump campaign, despite an FEC filing explicitly showing that they had.

Diamond and Silk repeatedly tell congressional committee that “we have never been paid by the Trump campaign.” FEC records show Diamond and Silk were paid $1,274.94 for field consulting work. https://t.co/80ORQiNShQ pic.twitter.com/fUl8VasiVA

— ABC News (@ABC) April 26, 2018

The document to which Jeffries was referring was an official campaign filing issued by the Trump campaign itself. The document lists, among other things, a number of itemized disbursements made during or shortly after the 2016 election — one of which was a $1,274.94 expenditure on November 22, 2016 for “field consulting.” The recipients of that payment: “Diamond and Silk” in Raeford, North Carolina.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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