Facebook’s supervisory board criticizes its preferential treatment of celebrities


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San Francisco (USA), Oct 21 (EFE) .- The supervisory board of Facebook, an independent entity that acts as a court on the content that is removed from the social network, criticized this Thursday the preferential treatment that the company gives high profile users, in full controversy over the leak of internal company documents.

This was the first time that the supervisory body, created by the firm itself last year, directly referred to the commotion caused by the leak of internal information from Facebook to the press, which among other things details how famous Internet users are exempt from content control measures.

“Facebook has not had complete communication with the board in relation to its system to review content decisions that affect high-profile users,” wrote the twenty members of the supervisory body, whose recommendations the company undertook to implement.

The board also reported that it has accepted a request from Facebook to review this practice and issue recommendations on how it can be changed.

Among the findings on the internal functioning of the company that the leaks have brought to light is the existence of a list of celebrities of all kinds (athletes, singers, politicians, activists, journalists, etc.) who are not subject to the same control of content than other users.

Thus, for example, when in 2019 the Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos shared images on his Facebook and Instagram accounts (owned by the company) in which a woman who had accused him of raping him appeared naked, his accounts were not closed and the material took more than a day to be removed.

For any other user, such a fact would have been considered revenge pornography, it would have been eliminated immediately when the algorithms detected it and the accounts would have been closed, in accordance with the community policies of the social network itself.

In September, the New York newspaper The Wall Street Journal published a series of articles made from internal Facebook documents that were provided to it by former employee Frances Haugen, who days later testified in the US Senate about this and other practices. of the social network.

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