Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Facebook for Thee & Facebook for Me

 It appears Facebook has two sets of rules.  One set for the unwashed masses and another for the beautiful people.  The Wall Street Journal reported Monday:

Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook allows its users to speak on equal footing with the elites of politics, culture and journalism, and that its standards apply to everyone. In private, the company has built a system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules. The program, known as “cross check” or “XCheck,” was intended as a quality-control measure for high-profile accounts. Today, it shields millions of VIPs from the company’s normal enforcement, the documents show. Many abuse the privilege, posting material including harassment and incitement to violence that would typically lead to sanctions...

“We are not actually doing what we say we do publicly,” said the confidential review. It called the company’s actions “a breach of trust” and added: “Unlike the rest of our community, these people can violate our standards without any consequences.”

Despite attempts to rein it in, XCheck grew to include at least 5.8 million users in 2020, documents show. ...

Time and again, the documents show, in the U.S. and overseas, Facebook’s own researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects, in areas including teen mental health, political discourse and human trafficking. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company didn’t fix them.

Sometimes the company held back for fear of hurting its business. In other cases, Facebook made changes that backfired....

While the program included most government officials, it didn’t include all candidates for public office, at times effectively granting incumbents in elections an advantage over challengers. The discrepancy was most prevalent in state and local races, the documents show, and employees worried Facebook could be subject to accusations of favoritism....

Has the problem stopped?  Well, not exactly.  

Facebook is trying to eliminate the practice of whitelisting, the documents show and the company spokesman confirmed. The company set a goal of eliminating total immunity for “high severity” violations of FB rules in the first half of 2021. A March update reported that the company was struggling to rein in additions to XCheck.

“VIP lists continue to grow,” a product manager on Facebook’s Mistakes Prevention Team wrote. She announced a plan to “stop the bleeding” by blocking Facebook employees’ ability to enroll new users in XCheck.

One potential solution remains off the table: holding high-profile users to the same standards as everyone else. Rest of article


Anonymous said...

Never used it, never will.

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked.

Anonymous said...

F*ck F*ckbook and F*ck Mark Zuckerberg.

Anonymous said...

Free market, right?

This is what the free market looks like. A private company distributes a product, you use it subject to their terms and conditions. No more than I would tell the Clarion Ledger how to operate or this blog.

If you don't like it, don't use it.

Anonymous said...

And ? Nary one of the 180 million sheep in this country will care. They have allowed our country to be taken over by liberal woke anti American kooks and their only real need is to get a thumbs up. They somehow think living in a world like Hunger Games is cool. It's not dumbasssses.

Anonymous said...

Facebook is where stupid people go to be manipulated.

Carry on.

Anonymous said...

Needs to be federal regulated by FCC like TV broadcast.

Anonymous said...

Facebook\Google\Twitter\Instagram: If you aren’t paying for a product then YOU are the product.

No you can’t turn off their tracking if you are running their app. No it doesn’t matter if you set “do not track me” in your settings. You agreed to be monitored when you join.

Zuckerberg and Co. knows everything about you because you carry your monitoring device everywhere including the toilet and it is the last thing you look at before you sleep.

Anonymous said...

Does this surprise you?

Anonymous said...

Even you "woke" liberal folks out there should really be concerned about all of this. Think about it.....if you are not already rich , famous or a certain elected official (refer to any dysotopian movie) then you are no different than me in this kind of world. You are basically chum. You are the worker ant to be stepped on and starved to keep you dormant.Sure as hell will not be protesting the moldy bread. All of your "woke" efforts are pointless and us tree dwelling meat eaters will not let you live in our hidden huts. So ? Wanna get along ?

Anonymous said...

Generally when I see a comment using f-ck am turned off. In this particular case the comment above using it four times is the most appropriate response to the topic.

Anonymous said...

Where the hell have you been Kingfish? There’s been two sets of rules for liberal democrats and conservatives for years. Who was charged criminally for the four years of fraudulent accusations against Trump?

Anonymous said...

..What 11:56 said. Bingo

Anonymous said...

The WSJ is no better than it’s sister FOX! From what I read not one person was identified in the whole article, no one was quoted on the record! Let’s talk about Fake News and Bull S**t.

Anonymous said...

Facebook is the argument against capitalism.

Kingfish said...

The WSJ story posts a bunch of corporate documens and emails

Anonymous said...

It's a series well worth reading as it continues. KF cited one of them, but I'd encourage both him and others to follow up with the full series.

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