Millions of elite Facebook users escape moderation rules – Money

Mark Zuckerberg’s social network will be using a program that puts in a sort of “whitelist” millions of users considered as VIPs, who thus manage to be subject to different content moderation rules. The information is advanced by Wall Street Journal (WSJ), who had access to an internal document on the matter.

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According to this document, the program in question is internally known as XCheck. It will be through this program that celebrities, politicians and football players will have access to content moderation rules different from those in place for other users. As a general rule, those who use the social networks owned by Mark Zuckerberg are subject to a varied set of rules, which are explicit in the terms and conditions at the time of registration. If they are not respected, the publication may be removed. But, according to the WSJ, this kind of rules for VIP users, who are seen as an elite, would be available not only on Facebook but also on Instagram.

The WSJ states that, in 2020, there would be at least 5.8 million users with VIP status, in a universe of around 2.89 billion users globally.

According to the newspaper, football player Neymar will be among the list of VIP users. In 2019, the player was accused of rape and shared intimate photographs of the woman who accused him on Facebook. The WSJ writes that, in theory, this type of content should have been promptly deleted, but it didn’t happen immediately. According to the documents, at least 56 million users on Instagram and Facebook were able to see this post while it was not removed.

A Facebook spokesperson has already told the Wall Street Journal that the social network is gradually abandoning this practice of “whitelisting”.

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