LONDON ( Associated Press) – Meta’s oversight board, a semi-independent body of Facebook’s parent company, said Tuesday that an internal system that exempted high-profile users such as former President Donald Trump from some or all of its privacy rules has been removed. Content moderation is required. a thorough repair.
The report, which the board prepared over a year, says the system has “failures in critical areas that the company must improve.”
Meta asked the board to investigate the system after the Wall Street Journal reported last year that many elite users were abusing content by posting content that ordinary people deserve to be punished for harassment, incitement to violence and other crimes. Will be
According to reports, Facebook’s rules apparently do not apply to some VIP users, while others had their content reviewed for possible rule violations, according to the Journal article, which said the system had at least There were 5.8 million users, discounting users in 2020.
The existence of Facebook’s system — called “XCheck,” or cross-check — came to light in documents leaked by Frances Haugen, a former production manager turned whistleblower who found herself in the global spotlight with the allegations. Shot himself that the social network prioritized profits over online. Security. Following these revelations, regulatory bodies moved to crack down on hate speech and misinformation.
Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, tweeted that the company requested a system journal “so that we can continue our work to improve the program.”
To fully respond to the board’s recommendations, “we have agreed to respond within 90 days,” he said.
The company said the goal of “XCheck”, which applies to Facebook and Instagram, was to prevent “supervision abuse”, or the removal of texts mistakenly believed to be in violation of the platform’s rules.
The oversight board’s report said the cross-checking system resulted in unequal treatment of users and delays in removing content that violated the rules because it was subject to five checks. On an average, the decision-making took more than five days.