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Facebook protects certain celebrities, politicians, and well-known users from certain rules: report

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Monday, as part of the plan initiated by the quality control mechanism, Facebook exempted certain celebrities, politicians and other well-known users from certain posting rules.

According to a report citing internal documents, the program is called “cross-check” or “XCheck”, and it protects millions of elite users from the same rules that Facebook claims to apply on social networks.

Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone defended the plan in a series of tweets, but pointed out that the social media giant is aware that the enforcement of its rules is “not perfect.”

“There are no two judicial systems; this is an attempted protection against mistakes,” Stone tweeted in response to the Wall Street Journal report.

“We know that our law enforcement is not perfect, and there is a trade-off between speed and accuracy.”

This article cited posts by well-known personalities, including a post by football star Neymar, which showed a nude photo of a woman who accused him of raping, which was subsequently deleted by Facebook.

The double standards regarding content review will ignore the guarantees Facebook has provided to an independent committee that is set up as the final arbiter of disputes over what content is allowed to be posted on leading social networks.

“The Supervisory Committee has repeatedly expressed its concerns about the lack of transparency in Facebook’s content review process, especially the company’s inconsistent management of well-known accounts,” the committee spokesperson John Taylor said in response to the Agence France-Presse investigation.

The “Wall Street Journal” article reported that some users were “whitelisted” to protect them from law enforcement actions, while in other cases, censorship of potentially problematic content simply could not be carried out.

According to the “Wall Street Journal” report, “whitelist” accounts claimed that Hillary Clinton covered up “pedophile gangs”, and then President Donald Trump said that all refugees seeking asylum were “animals”.

The report states that XCheck will grow to include at least 5.8 million users in 2020.

Facebook said in a post about cross-checking three years ago that it will not protect personal information, pages or content from being deleted, but “just to ensure that our decision is correct.”

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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