The Board of Supervisors of Facebook decides to take as one of its cases the system for the protection of 5.8 million high.profile users, which was published in an investigation in the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the system, called “cross check”, protects certain users from enforcing social network rules – meaning: those users are allowed to post whatever they want, even if it violates Facebook’s rules.
According to the investigation, Facebook has asked fellow fact.checkers to retroactively change findings regarding posts of important accounts, and waived standard penalties for distributing “Pike News” to its definition to avoid political incidents.
A statement from the Supervisory Board said: “In light of recent developments, we are examining the extent to which Facebook has cooperated with its responses to this system, including the use of the whitelist. “On the findings of the first edition of the quarterly transparency reports, which will be published in October,” the statement said.
How does this system work? If using VIP Would have violated the policy, Facebook would have contacted him and provided him with a 24.hour time window to correct – otherwise it would remove the content itself. According to the research, dealing with user content VIP requires the approval of Facebook executives, sometimes with the intervention of Zuckerberg himself or his deputy Cheryl Sandberg.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said “Facebook itself has identified the issues with the system and has taken action to address them.” Stone added that the company has set itself the goal of eliminating this absolute immunity in the first half of 2021.
The council is examining how it can further investigate the case
According to the council’s announcement, it is stated that “we are examining how the council can continue to investigate policy issues regarding this system, which may lead to further recommendations in the field”. The council says it has been asking questions about the system for some time. In a decision regarding the accounts of former United States President Donald Trump, the council warned that the lack of clear public information about the system and exceptions on the part of Facebook, could contribute “to perceptions that Facebook is too influenced by political and commercial considerations.”
The council asked Facebook to explain how the system works and report on the rates of their errors regarding the system. In response, Facebook provided an explanation of the system but did not specify the terms for adding pages or accounts and refused to provide error reporting. “We know that the power of our cameras does not lie in Facebook’s initial reactions (to its content decisions, NT), but in the actions the company takes. To measure this, we recently set up a team to evaluate how Facebook implements our recommendations, to ensure Facebook meets its long.term commitments. “We will publicly report on the manner in which Facebook implements our decisions and recommendations and will hold Facebook accountable for its actions.”