Facebook: A program exempts certain personalities from the rules on content moderation

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Facebook exempts certain celebrities, politicians and Internet users from its rules on moderation of content via a program called “Crosscheck” or “XCheck”. This does not apply the same controls to the messages posted on the Facebook and Instagram accounts of these “VIPs” as on the lambda accounts, affirms Monday the Wall Street Journal, citing internal company documents.

Not “two systems of justice” says Facebook

The program included up to 5.8 million subscribers in 2020. Some are exempt from the rules while others may post messages theoretically violating the instructions while waiting for a Facebook employee to review them.

This does not mean that there are “two systems of justice” within the group, retorted Andy Stone, a spokesperson for Facebook, in a series of tweets. If some pages or accounts receive a second layer of verification, it is to ensure that the rules are being implemented appropriately and “to avoid mistakes,” he said.
“We know that the application of our rules is not perfect and that there are trade-offs between speed and precision,” he admitted.

Nudity, false claims …

According to the article of Wall Street JournalFacebook, for example, in 2019 allowed football star Neymar to show his millions of subscribers nude photos of a woman who accused him of rape, before deleting them. The group has also reportedly let some accounts share claims deemed false by Facebook fact-checkers, including that vaccines kill, that Hillary Clinton covered so-called pedophile rings or that former President Donald Trump has qualified as “animals” all asylum seekers.

For the supervisory board of the company, the implementation of special measures on the moderation of content is embarrassing. This organization “has repeatedly expressed its concern about the lack of transparency in Facebook’s content moderation processes, in particular with regard to the company’s inconsistent management of the most prominent accounts,” said the door. – speech of this body, supposed to be independent but financed by the group.

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