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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Facebook criticizes its special treatment of high-ranking users.

Panel appointed by Facebook to overhaul its policy decisions, on Thursday sharply criticized the company for the lack of transparency of an internal program that gives prominent users a preference on the social network.

A group known as the Facebook Oversight Board said Facebook did not provide relevant information about a system called “cross-validation” that was first disclosed by The Wall Street Journal and exempts high profile users from rules such as prohibiting harassment or incitement to violence. to be followed by others on the platform.

The board said the lack of transparency affected its ability to influence Facebook’s decisions to remove or retain online user-posted content, including when the company banned former President Donald Trump.

The Supervisory Board is a judicial body made up of about 20 former political leaders, human rights activists and journalists selected by Facebook to review the company’s content decisions.

“The credibility of the Supervisory Board, our working relationship with Facebook, and our ability to make informed judgments about cases all depend on the assurance that the information Facebook has provided to us is accurate, comprehensive, and paints a complete picture of the topic. at hand, ”the group said after the report was published.

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On Thursday, the group criticized Facebook for not disclosing policies to users that lead to the removal of some content. The group said it received over half a million hits from users trying to figure out why something was removed from the site.

“We know these cases are just the tip of the iceberg,” the group said. “It is now clear that by not being transparent to users, Facebook is not treating them fairly.”

Facebook is also under pressure from regulators to explain this more clearly. their strategic decisions and recommendation algorithms. European politicians are drafting new laws that will require the company to make it easier for users to appeal content decisions and share more detailed information on how its system works with external auditors.

Calls for regulation have intensified following the disclosure of Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, who shared dozens of documents and information about the company’s inner workings with journalists and politicians.

After Ms. Haugen’s documents disclosed the existence of the cross-validation program, the Supervisory Board reported that Facebook had asked the group to offer recommendations on how to change the program.

Facebook hasn’t given any comments yet.

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