Facebook Oversight Board To Review Alleged Whitelisting Of High-Profile Users

Facebook Oversight Board To Review Alleged Whitelisting Of High-Profile Users
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Following a Wall Street Journal report charging that Facebook gives millions of high-profile users immunity from enforcement of its rules, the Facebook Oversight Board has announced that it is "looking into" the "cross-check" internal system allegedly used to whitelist those users.

Cross-check, or "X-Check," was originally intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile accounts, but internal documents show that it evolved into a whitelisting tool, WSJ reported. 

In 2019, an internal Facebook review determined that the practice was "not publicly defensible." Facebook has since told the Oversight Board in writing that the separate system for high-profile users was used only in "a small number of decisions," per the report.
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