Facebook has asked its oversight board for guidance on its “XCheck” system, which allowed high-profile users to flout Facebook’s rules, despite the board’s request for more information about the system earlier this month. was allowed to fly.
The “CrossCheck” or XCheck” program was disclosed by an investigation wall street journalhandjob Which allowed 5.8 million celebrities, politicians and journalists to be “whitelisted” from violating Facebook’s rules.
Facebook told its oversight board, which has 20 members including politicians, lawyers and academics and is funded by a $130m trust from the social media giant, that the system was used in only “a small number of decisions”.
According to the Journal’s reporting, this whitelist was used to protect a high-profile footballer from sharing nude photos of a woman he accused of rape, spurring political users about the ineffectiveness of chemotherapy. The claims, anti-vaccination conspiracy theorists, the ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theory, and other material were debunked by Facebook fact checkers.
The status was apparently given to users who had little idea who approved it or why.
An internal guide to XCheck states that users who are “newsworthy,” “influential or popular” or “PR risky” would be viable to whitelist, the Journal reported.
In 2019, XCheck allowed posts that violated Facebook’s rules to be viewed at least 16.4 billion times before being later removed, according to an internal summary of the program.
“We’re not really doing what we say we do publicly,” said the review from Facebook at XCheck, calling the actions a “breach of trust.”
It continued: “Unlike the rest of our community, these people can violate our standards without any consequences.”
In the absence of proper moderation policies within the social media company, XCheck was used without proper oversight.
“This problem is widespread, touching almost every area of the company,” the 2019 review reportedly said. It also said that the whitelist “creates multiple legal, compliance and legality risks for the company and harms our community.”
in a blog post published this month, Catalina Botero-Merino, Jamal Green, Michael McConnell, and Hayley Thorning-Schmidt of Facebook’s Oversight Board said they asked the social media company to explain how the crosscheck system works and to add pages and accounts to the system. for its criteria.
“Facebook provided an explanation of the cross-check, but did not provide detailed criteria for adding pages and accounts to the system, and declined to provide reporting on error rates”, they wrote, adding that such information was “critical” and “transparency”. Required” ” for the company.
in Facebook Post Published today, said it is now requesting guidance from the board, saying that “holding Facebook accountable for our content policies and procedures is precisely why the Oversight Board was established”.
It is not clear why Facebook did not provide the information previously sought by the oversight board. The social media company did not respond to a request for comment. Granthshala before the time of publication.
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