Facebook’s Supervisory Board Seeks to Clarify Review System for High-Level Users


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September 21 (Reuters) – The independent supervisory board of Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Tuesday it had asked the social media giant to clarify the system it uses to review content decisions relating to certain users leading.

The council’s investigation follows a Wall Street Journal report last week that Facebook exempts high-level users from some or all of its rules, raising questions about its enforcement decisions against harmful content.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the company will update the board of directors on the system known internally as “cross-checking” over the next few days.

The cross-check system includes millions of accounts, some of which are “whitelisted,” meaning they are immune from Facebook enforcement decisions, the Journal reported.

The Supervisory Board said on Tuesday that it had previously asked Facebook to explain how the crosscheck system works and to share its criteria for adding pages and accounts to the program. The board said Facebook had not provided its criteria.

Facebook created the Supervisory Board last year as part of an effort to respond to criticism of how it handles problematic content. The social media company has committed $ 130 million in a trust to fund the board of directors, which are able to make final decisions about whether individual pieces of content can remain on the site.

Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru and Sheila Dang in Dallas; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Nick Zieminski

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